After Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) failed to get a vote on the Senate floor for the Keystone XL Pipeline, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is taking matters into his own hands.
Cassidy has introduced a bill that will be voted on by the House of Representatives that will approve of the Keystone Pipeline, in an effort to force a vote in the United States Senate. Already, the House has passed eight pieces of legislation which would have created the Pipeline, but Landrieu could not get the Senate to vote on the matter.
“I will now pass a bill identical to the bill the Senate is said to consider to push this issue forward,” said Cassidy in a statement. “If the Senate also passes the bill it can go straight to the President’s desk for signature. It is easy to wonder if the Senate is only considering this because of politics, even so, I hope the Senate and the President do the right thing and pass this legislation creating thousands of jobs. When I’m on the Senate Energy Committee next year, I will work to ensure the President follows the law and allows the construction of this pipeline.”
Just today, Cassidy was promised a seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mconnell (R-KY), since the Republicans will hold the Senate in the new year.