VIDEO: Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn Urges Senate and President Obama to Follow Suit to “Get this Pipeline Built”

May 23, 2013

Keystone Pipeline Jobs Bill Passes House, Awaits Senate Action

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House voted last night to approve a bipartisan bill that will allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline after being tied up in regulatory review for nearly 5 years. Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-NE) legislation, H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, will cut through the red tape blocking construction of the pipeline and allow this jobs project to move forward. This important jobs bill now awaits Senate action. Earlier this year, the Senate approved a budget amendment urging approval of the pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 62-31, a filibuster-proof majority.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) last evening joined Fox Business’ Gerri Willis to discuss the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline for American jobs and energy security, and to urge the Senate to take up the bill. Blackburn believes this legislation is a workable solution to finally end the president’s delays and jumpstart the project. “This is a workaround, if he is not going to do the heavy lift, we will. We will send it to the Senate… there is bipartisan support in the Senate, ” said Blackburn. “We could sit by and do nothing… or we could challenge him on this. We could pass a bill that has bipartisan support in each chamber, send it to him, and then encourage him to do what the American people want done - and that is to get this pipeline built.”