Today, Congressman Stutzman (IN-03) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline:
"Even after 35 months of unemployment above 8%, this administration is putting the brakes on recovery. This is a blow to Americans affected by President Obama's economy. Unfortunately, it's welcome news for Beijing, as Canadian oil producers who have been rejected by the administration look to expanding Asian markets. Unlike the President's tax and spend stimulus programs, this project would have created thousands of jobs and lowered energy prices without costing taxpayers a dime. The pipeline is supported by teamsters and tea parties alike. This administration chose to ignore bipartisanship and economic reality. The American people deserve better."
On November 10, 2011, the President opted to delay the State Department's final decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the Presidential Election. In December, in the midst of record unemployment rates, House Republicans forced the administration to make a final decision on the pipeline by February 21, 2011. Today, the administration formally rejected the pipeline.