Today Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Canada's Foreign Minister to discuss strengthening economic and security bonds.
"America's relationship with Canada is vital for economic growth and for security. It is far wiser to rely on friends than proven foes. The Keystone XL pipeline is an important contribution to that relationship and should be approved immediately. Keystone XL will bolster both of our economies and help free dependence on oil imports from troublesome regimes like Venezuela. The pipeline reduces the chance that Canada would sell oil to China that should be destined for the US."
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.