WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to veto the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline legislation:
“Though not surprising, it is frustrating that President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline legislation. This decision prioritizes special interest politics over energy security and American jobs. The President said he was ‘eager to work with the new Congress,’ but has already issued 12 veto threats in addition to today’s veto. There is overwhelming support for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline because Americans understand the importance of this project to job creation and increasing the supply of North American energy.”
Unfortunately, the White House has refused to approve the permit application for the remaining 1,200 miles of pipeline to be built, despite President Obama’s own State Department’s view that this project can move forward. The Administration’s delays have prevented the creation of new, well-paying jobs and economic growth for Americans.