Today Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) condemned a White House threat to veto a highway funding bill if it includes Keystone XL pipeline authorizing language.
"Once again President Obama is on the wrong side of energy security, on the wrong side of private job creation, and on the wrong side of addressing high gas prices," Lugar said. "The President continues to block a vital measure that would create thousands of jobs and contribute greatly to U.S. energy security at no cost to American taxpayers."
Lugar is a chief author of legislation to enable construction of the privately funded Keystone XL pipeline. Lugar, along with Senators John Hoeven, David Vitter, and other colleagues, introduced legislation to approve the pipeline, notwithstanding the President's opposition. The Hoeven-Lugar-Vitter Keystone XL legislation is supported by a majority of the Senate, even though it has been blocked by Presidential veto threats and parliamentary procedures.
Today's veto threat was issued in relation to efforts by House Speaker John Boehner to attach Keystone XL authorizing language to an extension of the Transportation bill.