Monday, February 16, 2015

Graves to Obama: Stop playing politics with Keystone Pipeline

(From Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves)

As your representative, job creation and affordable energy have always been my top priorities. The Keystone XL pipeline advances both of these. It is a vital part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and will create thousands of good-paying American jobs. This week, Congress sent bipartisan legislation that approves the pipeline to the President’s desk for his signature.

The Keystone XL is a proposed pipeline that would run 1,600 miles from oil supply fields in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast and is estimated to create over 42,000 jobs. Unfortunately, President Obama has decided to put politics first and promised to veto this jobs legislation. This is one of the most analyzed, debated, and studied projects in history. It is supported by both Republicans and Democrats. It is far past the time for the President to stop playing politics with our energy policy and allow construction to move forward.

The people of north Missouri and across America sent a clear message this past November in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The House has acted numerous times to approve this project and it is a welcome change to now have a working partner in the Senate that is willing to take similar action. Now, the President must also act on behalf of the American people by signing this common sense, bipartisan legislation into law.

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