Upton Urges Colleagues to Pass Highway Extension Legislation and Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

April 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce leaders today urged their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them in supporting legislation that would create a path forward for the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. The House opened debate today on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which includes language authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) taking the pipeline out of the president's hands and requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the permit within 30 days.

"As these gas prices continue to go up, Americans understand supply and demand. 800,000 barrels a day that we can get from our friends, the Canadians. And if we don't do so, where is it going to go? China," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

Watch Upton's remarks on the floor here.

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