Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3, Keystone XL Pipeline Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 30, Save American Workers Act of 2015by Representative John Shimkus
Posted on 2015-01-08
SHIMKUS. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend.
This is a debate that we shouldn't even have to have had since this should have been approved 6 years ago. If you understand how Keystone was supposed to happen, all it took was the President and, really, his Cabinet, Secretary of State, to approve the cross-border passage 6 years ago. But because of politics and the President making a decision--we thought this was going to be done 6 years ago, hence, the legislative body getting involved.
And what has happened over the past 6 years? Fifteen hearings, four markups. This is our 10th vote, and it is time to move on.
Moving liquid crude by pipeline is the safest way to move product-- the safest. In the Energy and Commerce Committee, people have no understanding how many pipelines we have in this country--thousands of miles and multiple cross-border. The only reason this got involved in a political debate is the whole debate on climate change and fossil fuel. That is the debate.
Now, you put more bulk crude product on the world market, that lowers the prices for all Americans. Why are we seeing low gasoline prices today? It is because there is a glut of crude oil on the entire world market. Moving Keystone XL allows even more bulk crude oil to get on the world market. Most of that would be refined in our country.
Major refiners have done billions of dollars of investments--next to my district in Ohio, up in Chicagoland--to be prepared to refine this type of crude oil, so this is, unfortunately, a problem that we need to move and fix.
I appreciate the rule, and I look forward to debating the bill.