U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today calling on the President to approve completion of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"Today's welcome announcement that Nebraska officials have approved a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline eliminates an excuse the President has used for holding up the pipeline's completion. The President rejected Keystone last year because he didn't want to offend his environmentalist base in a political year, but the election is over. With this hurdle now cleared, the President should give the green light to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create thousands of good jobs as well as help make our nation more energy independent. The President says he's for an all of the above approach to energy and now it's time for him to live up to it. Nebraska has taken care of the issues the President raised when he denied the permit so there's no more room for excuses or delays and it should be expeditiously approved."