#TBT: House Passes Bill to Approve Keystone XL
One Year Later, the President and the Senate are Still Stalling Job Creation
One year ago, on May 22, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, with bipartisan support by a vote of 241 to 175. This legislation would address all necessary federal permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, end the regulatory delays, and allow construction of the job-creating project to move forward. This bill was critical a year ago, and it remains just as critical today as the president, despite claims to support an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, still has yet to make a decision on the pipeline’s permit. In fact, the State Department recently announced it would put the project’s review on hold indefinitely. The Keystone XL pipeline has now been under review for over 2071 days, with no end in sight, and American workers remain needlessly sidelined.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), the author of H.R. 3, hosted a Google Hangout on Wednesday to bring attention to the unfinished business in the Senate on this jobs and energy project. David Mallino with the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) joined the conversation and highlighted the jobs Keystone XL would bring to the heartland of America. He expressed, "For many of our members, this isn’t just a pipeline but it is actually a lifeline to be able to sustain their middle-class lives."
H.R. 3 is a commonsense solution to move past the political delays and put Americans back to work, but it has been sitting on Harry Reid’s desk for a year. Nearly six years after the permit was filed, and a year after the House last voted on Keystone, it’s time to finally say "yes" to American jobs. It's still time to build.