(Washington, D.C) – The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, by a large bipartisan majority, 266 to 153. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in favor of the measure.
“The Keystone XL Pipeline project, and the tens of thousands of jobs it would support, has been unnecessarily held up by the President for too long,” said Representative Dent. “It has been studied and restudied. Cleared and re-cleared. Support for this project amongst the public remains at an overwhelming level. It’s something the vast majority of Americans agree would be beneficial and it is unfortunate that the President allows ideology to trump good public policy,” Dent stated.
A study commissioned by the State Department under Secretary Kerry determined that construction of the Keystone XL would support approximately 42,000 jobs. Further, that same study determined that the environmental impacts and risks posed by the pipeline were minuscule.
“Those of us in the House, from both parties, have done our job and supported the construction of the pipeline,” said Dent. “I anticipate the Senate will likely support the pipeline as well. At that point Americans will get to see whether the President decides to support this worthy infrastructure project,” he concluded.
See State Department study: http://tinyurl.com/mtoclxx