The American Petroleum Institute praised the Keystone XL legislation that passed with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee and called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
“Lawmakers who care about middle class Americans are fighting for the jobs and energy security Keystone XL would bring,” he added. “We urge the Senate to take a leadership role and complete the process that has taken far too long in creating good paying American jobs.”
Gerard further stated that the labor community is eager for the jobs that the project would create and “should not be held hostage” by the political battle that the pipeline has become.
“A majority of American voters overwhelmingly support building Keystone XL and are ready to go to the polls for candidates who support Keystone,” Gerard said. “It’s time those voices are heard. Let’s stop the excuses and let’s get to work to provide the energy this country needs for the future.”
The API thanked Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), as well as others in Congress, for their leadership and ongoing efforts to get this vital energy infrastructure built.