Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II

Floor Speech

By:  Tim Griffin
Date: April 18, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline as well as the underlying bill.

The plot here is for jobs, American jobs. It's a no-brainer. Like most Arkansans, I support this pro-jobs project that will strengthen our national security by making us less dependent on Middle Eastern oil.

Arkansas families and businesses are hurting due to high gas prices, and the Keystone pipeline will bring an additional 1 million barrels of oil per day into the United States. More supply means lower prices, and Arkansans, as well as all Americans, need relief from these high gas prices.

President Obama denied construction of the Keystone XL pipeline despite years of extensive vetting for environmental impacts. Make no mistake, the President's decision to reject the Keystone pipeline has cost American jobs. Welspun, a manufacturer in my district, has manufactured nearly half of the pipe for the Keystone pipeline and was forced to lay off 60 workers after the President rejected the pipeline, after he delayed it last year.

The Keystone pipeline will strengthen American energy security and create tens of thousands of good American jobs. It's past time to move the Keystone pipeline forward.

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