VIDEO: Chairman Upton Stands Up for Keystone’s Jobs on FOX Business

July 31, 2013

After 1776 Days, “There’s No Reason to Say No” 

Click here to watch Chairman Upton’s interview on Fox Business with Stuart Varney

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today spoke with FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney to address President Obama’s remarks yesterday on the Keystone XL pipeline where he stated, “Putting all your eggs in the basket of an oil pipeline that may only create about 50 permanent jobs… isn’t a jobs plan.” Upton responded to the president’s remarks and said, “This just makes no sense. Then you see today’s news where he wants to raise taxes - even on the middle class - and trade it off for a jobs plan. This is a private-sector jobs plan. This is 20,000 to 40,000 private sector jobs.” The president’s own State Department estimates the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline will support over 40,000 jobs during construction. With America’s unemployment rate still stubbornly high at 7.6 percent and millions more underemployed, every job is worth fighting for.

It has now been over 1776 days since the application to build Keystone was first submitted, and yet the administration continues to delay this critical jobs and energy project. To overcome the bureaucratic hurdles, the House has now voted seven times to expedite construction of the pipeline. Most recently, in May, the House voted to approve H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which will address all necessary federal permits, end the regulatory delays, and finally allow the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline to move forward. Upton concluded, “There’s no reason to say no, there really isn’t.”

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