Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today supported amendments to the transportation bill currently under consideration in the Senate that would increase domestic energy production, create American jobs and reduce our nation's dependence on Middle East oil.
"Pain at the pump and rising energy costs are a stark reminder that our nation must be able to produce domestic energy resources," said Coats, a member of the Senate Energy Committee. "I am disappointed that the Senate failed to take a stand today in favor of increasing American energy, constructing the Keystone pipeline and providing relief to hard-working families."
Coats supported an amendment offered by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would increase oil drilling and exploration along America's coasts. Coats also supported an amendment introduced by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to begin construction on the $7 billion, privately-funded Keystone XL pipeline without the president's approval.
The Keystone XL pipeline is the largest, ready-to-build infrastructure project in the United States. The 1,700 mile pipeline would transport 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to U.S. refineries. The project is estimated to generate approximately 20,000 new jobs directly and support hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coming years.
Coats also supported an amendment offered by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to delay the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's job-killing Boiler MACT rules. The current implementation timeline for Boiler MACT will jeopardize thousands of manufacturing jobs.
"I am disappointed that Senate Democratic leaders blocked a bipartisan effort to fix the costly EPA Boiler MACT rules that will devastate America's manufacturing industry and eliminate jobs," said Coats.
The Vitter amendment failed 46-52, the Hoeven amendment failed 56-42 and the Collins amendment failed 52-46. All three amendments needed 60 votes to pass the Senate.