Illinois Congressmen on Obama's Veto of Keystone Pipeline

Following are the statements for Illinois Representatives Peter Roskam (6th District), Adam Kinzinger (11th District), Randy Hultgren (14th District), and Don Manzulo (16th District) on the Obama Administration's decision to torpedo thousands of new jobs by vetoing the proposed Keystone Pipeline project.

Roskam Responds to Obama Administration Blocking the Job-Creating Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement today after President Obama denied the application for expansion of the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline:

“This Administration is proving to Americans they just don’t understand what will help middle class employment. Even with the American economy starved for jobs, the President chose to side with political allies over thousands of reliable, middle-class American jobs. The expansion of the privately-funded Keystone XL Pipeline would have brought more reliable energy from an American ally – marginalizing hostile foreign powers – and created 20,000 new American union construction and manufacturing jobs. A no-cost project like Keystone is exactly the type of low-hanging fruit that Americans expect Washington to support. For a president that talks about uniting, he’s squandered a rare opportunity to join with Republicans, Democrats, unions, American businesses, and his very own jobs council.”

Kinzinger on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the Obama Administration's announcement to reject the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project:

"It's appalling to see the President's Administration block the Keystone XL Pipeline - particularly after his own jobs council yesterday called for an 'all-in approach' to energy policy that incorporates expanded oil and gas drilling in addition to advancing energy projects such as pipelines.

"The report stated: 'The Council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs.'

"The Keystone XL Pipeline would have done just that. This pipeline would directly create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and 118,000 total jobs. In addition, we would see 830,000 barrels of safe and secure oil each day from our friends to the North, which means we will need less oil from countries we can no longer rely on and are not friendly to the interests of the United States.

"The Keystone XL extension has bipartisan support in Congress and across the country. Manufacturers and union organizations alike are also supportive. And, last summer, the State Department announced this extension passed environmental reviews.

"Unfortunately, this missed opportunity is yet another major example of the President placing politics before the people. The fact is that someone will benefit from the oil out of Alberta. If it’s not the United States, it will be China - and it will be American businesses and consumers who will suffer the consequences from our inaction."

Hultgren Statement on President's Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after the Obama administration announced that they will formally reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

"With today's disappointing decision by the Obama administration, the President has shown us that he is more concerned about getting re-elected than he is about putting Americans back to work," said Hultgren. "This decision will deny Americans 20,000 new jobs at a time when unemployment has been higher than 8 percent for 35 straight months, and will perpetuate our reliance on oil from unstable regions. Even more surprising is that just this week, President Obama's jobs council endorsed the type of energy infrastructure projects that Keystone XL pipeline represents.

"The President is running out of time to prove that he's serious about putting Americans back to work, and not just scoring points on the campaign trail. He should immediately adopt his job council's plan for expanded domestic energy production, corporate tax reform to improve American competitiveness, and regulatory reforms that are burdening our job-creators and small business owners. Better still, the President need only embrace the commonsense legislation we have already passed in the House. Many of the 27 bills awaiting Senate action would address the council’s proposals, and would help create the pro-growth environment we need to get the American economy moving again."

Manzullo: President Kills Jobs with Keystone Denial

[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) issued the following statement today responding to President Obama’s decision to deny the Keystone XL energy pipeline permit.

“The President’s decision today to kill the Keystone XL pipeline project is outrageous. The President had an opportunity to support the project and put more than 100,000 Americans to work while ensuring our nation a stable energy supply from our friends in Canada. Instead, his denial will keep those Americans on the unemployment lines and ensure the United States remains dependant on costly, foreign oil from unstable sources overseas. Two of the largest challenges standing in the way of America’s return to prosperity are unemployment and high gasoline prices, and the President denied a great opportunity to make progress on both fronts today.

“As the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Chairman of the U.S.-Canada Interparliamentary Exchange, I am also concerned that the President’s denial today will push Canada to partner with China on this additional energy source. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper previously warned President Obama that his denial of Keystone would force the Canadians to seek new customers in Asia, and that would be a disaster for American manufacturers trying to compete with their Chinese competitors.”

Leave a comment