Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and the Louisiana House Republican delegation are urging Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Ranking Member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to act on legislation that will stop the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The House-passed legislation, HR3, known as the Northern Route Approval Act, which passed with bi-partisan support in May 2013, would remove the need for a Presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and resolve other federal issues regarding the energy project.
Members of the Louisiana delegation are encouraging Senators Landrieu and Murkowski to follow the House’s lead by quickly moving the Northern Route Approval Act or similar legislation through the Senate as soon as possible.
“Building the Keystone pipeline will lower gas prices and create thousands of jobs for Louisiana workers,” said Cassidy in a news release. “I voted with the House of Representatives to bypass President Obama and get the pipeline built. I hope the Senate also overcomes the resistance of President Obama and Senator Reid to build the Keystone pipeline.”
Most recently, as the Hayride reported, the Obama administration announced that it would delay the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline until, pushing the project back until after the 2014 midterm elections.
And though Landrieu called the move by the Obama administration “unacceptable,” she has donated to some of the most infamous anti-Keystone Pipeline senators, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV).
Boxer and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who Landrieu gave $2,500 to in 2010 and later $7,500 to in 2012, have been adamant in their opposition to the Keystone Pipeline, claiming that the pipeline has the potential to cause cancer.
Also, Landrieu donated $10,000 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010. But, Reid, like Boxer, made headlines back in 2011 when he sent a letter to Hilary Clinton, calling the pipeline “unsustainable” and “dirty,” as reported by the Washington Post.
The Keystone XL Pipeline would create approximately 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and an additional 118,000 spin-off jobs, according to Forbes.