Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after learning that employees at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock, AR were laid off because of delays in the Keystone XL Pipeline project:
"Welspun is laying off workers in Arkansas because the President refuses to decide on the future of the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the next election. I don't agree with Big Labor bosses on much, but even they understand that the President's political posturing on this issue is costing us jobs at a time when far too many Americans are still out of work. Arkansas workers cannot wait another year for the President to make a decision. That is why the House will vote today on a bill that will require him to make a decision on the pipeline within 60 days of enactment. The President should put all of our governmental resources into approving this pipeline. Arkansas workers are counting on it."
Last month, Rep. Griffin led a group of House Members in urging the President to stop putting politics over paychecks when it comes to approving the Keystone XL Pipeline permits.