After the Keystone XL Pipeline was vetoed by President Barack Obama yesterday, it was not long before House and Senate GOP leadership spoke out to declare that the fight for the energy project is not over.
Additionally, these four Louisiana Republicans are slamming Obama’s decision to strike down Keystone based on environment concerns.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA):
“Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress have voted overwhelmingly to support the Keystone Pipeline, as well as the potential jobs and economic benefits that go along with it,” Vitter said. “After six years of equivocating, today President Obama has proven that he puts his political agenda ahead of bipartisan compromise, job creation, and energy independence. Vetoing this legislation is just sheer political spite.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA):
“The president’s Keystone XL Pipeline veto shows his allegiance to his supporters, not the American people,” said Cassidy. “He vetoed more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs that the American people want created. He ignored the 60 percent of Americans who want the pipeline built. Keystone could save workers’ lives because transporting oil by pipeline means fewer accidents and spills. It is supported by Republicans and Democrats. It’s a jobs bill the president has no reason to ignore.”
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA):
“The American people want this project built,” said Boustany. “The President is the only obstacle remaining in the way of making this project’s completion a reality.”
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA):
“I am deeply disappointed in the President’s action today,” said Abraham. “Congress sent an opportunity for job growth and energy security to the President’s desk. The veto on the Keystone XL Pipeline is a tragedy for the American people and a tragedy for Louisiana jobs.”