Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to a White House spokesman's comments regarding TransCanada's decision to move forward with construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"It's good news that TransCanada will reapply to build the Keystone XL pipeline and move ahead on the project despite President Obama standing in the way. The fact is, if the President wanted the Keystone XL pipeline built, he would have approved it already. But instead of creating jobs when he had the chance, he chose to delay and deny the permit, driving our Canadian partners into the arms of the Chinese. Unemployed Americans are still waiting for the President to act in their best interest instead of simply "welcoming' news that TransCanada will do its best to move forward with the project despite the President's roadblocks. We need less talk and more action. President Obama should reverse himself, fast-track the entire pipeline for completion, and start working to get America moving again."