Alexander: Keystone Pipeline Shows Republicans “Doing What the American People Elected Us to Do”

Votes for legislation in Energy Committee, says project will “create thousands of jobs, help grow our economy and bring the United States one step closer to energy independence”

Posted on January 8, 2015

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“After six years of delay, the time has come to pass this legislation and put an end to the political gamesmanship that has stalled the Keystone XL pipeline for so long.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and every Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today voted in favor of bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, with Alexander saying it showed the Republican majority “doing what the American people elected us to do.” The legislation – the first proposed by the new Republican majority that took office this month – passed the committee by a vote of 13 to 9, which included the support of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

“The Keystone XL pipeline will not only create thousands of jobs, help grow our economy and bring the United States one step closer to energy independence – it also is the first example of the new Republican majority doing what the American people elected us to do,” Alexander said. “I look forward to senators finally having their say on this bipartisan piece of legislation through the kind of open amendment process Democratic leadership never allowed in the last Congress.”

The legislation, introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and cosponsored by Alexander and all other members of the Republican majority and six Democrats, would allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the Keystone XL pipeline. Following today’s action by the energy committee, the legislation goes to the Senate floor where Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Republican majority leader, has said there will be an open process to consider amendments to the bill.

Alexander added, “It’s disappointing the Obama administration has said the president will veto this legislation before he even sees it in its final form. After six years of delay, the time has come to pass this legislation and put an end the political gamesmanship that has stalled the Keystone XL pipeline for so long.”

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