Alexander Votes to Approve Keystone Pipeline, Says Bipartisan Support Proves Republicans Want to “Get Things Done”

Says open amendment process under Republican majority serves as model for how to fix No Child Left Behind, simplify student aid, repair the damage of Obamacare

Posted on January 29, 2015

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“Our Republican majority has allowed nearly double the number of roll call votes on amendments to this Keystone XL pipeline legislation than Democrats did on legislation in all of 2014, which is proof the Senate is back to work and dealing with important issues, just as the American people expect.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the Republican majority’s decision to allow more roll call votes on amendments than Democrats did in all of 2014 is proof Republicans are working “to get things done.”

“This legislation creates thousands of jobs, moves our country one step closer to energy independence and shows the American people that we are working to build a consensus and get things done,” Alexander said. “Our Republican majority has allowed nearly double the number roll call votes on amendments to this Keystone XL pipeline legislation than Democrats did on legislation in all of 2014, which is proof the Senate is back to work and dealing with important issues, just as the American people expect."

Alexander continued, “It’s disappointing the Obama administration has said the president will veto this legislation before he even sees it in its final form, and after six years of delay and a Senate debate that has allowed a new level of bipartisanship, I hope he will reconsider. Now we should go on and fix No Child Left Behind, simplify the student aid form so more students can take advantage of Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, repair the damage of Obamacare and work to solve the other major problems that the American people elected the Republican majority to deal with in November.”

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. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate’s majority leader, allowed dozens of amendments pertaining to a range of issues, including energy and the economy.

 

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