Fitzpatrick Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding President Obama’s veto of bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline – the most studied pipeline in American history – and the 42,000 jobs it would create and support:

Today’s veto is another disappointing, yet unurprising, move by a White House which talks a good game about ‘working together’ and ‘looking for common ground’ but fails to back it up with action. Instead of signing this bipartisan legislation into law and beginning to work with Congress to embrace an all-of-the-above energy strategy that empowers American families and businesses, the president has decided to play the worst kind of politics and capitulate to a small group of partisan activists and big money donors.

The United States is positioned to be an energy super power with a diverse energy portfolio. But we can’t get to the business of declaring energy independence if Washington is going to stand in the way of moving toward a safe, responsible, inclusive energy plan.

The United States is currently home to more than 2.5 million miles of pipeline.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is supported by both labor and business organization ranging from the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In describing his support for the project, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently noted, “It’s very clear that is in the economic job creation interests of both of our countries, in the energy security interests of North America and a critical step in environmental protection than the alternatives.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.