Mr. CRAVAACK. Mr. Speaker, my message is simple and direct: Last month, this administration put yet another hold on implementing the Keystone pipeline project and adding tens of thousands of American jobs to our fragile economy. This decision is bad news for laborers in the great State of Minnesota and around the country who were eager to begin working on the project next year. If we do not approve this deal and put people back to work, the jobs and the oil will simply go another direction--such as China--and they will not be coming back to the United States.
What part of this bill just doesn't make sense to the folks in the White House and the Department of State?
We cannot wait. The American worker is the most productive worker in the world, and so many people in my district thirst for good-paying jobs that will come with projects like Keystone.
Some of these regulatory agencies are simply out of control and seem bent on stifling job creation here in the United States. If the government would simply get out of the way, put politics aside, and dedicate to empowering the American worker, we can start digging ourselves out of this recession and get Americans back to work.