Congressman Steve Daines this week led a bipartisan group of nearly 150 Representatives in calling on President Barack Obama to expeditiously approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Daines, alongside Representative Lee Terry (R-NE), spearheaded a letter urging Obama to approve needed permits, in light of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's recent support of a new route through the state of Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline project.
"We respectfully request that your administration act expeditiously and approve the project as soon as possible," Daines wrote. "You have the information from the State of Nebraska. No other portion of the pipeline has changed. This is in our national interest given the clear and positive linkage to job creation, the economy and domestic energy security. It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline."
On Monday, in an address to the Montana State Legislature, Daines reaffirmed his commitment to moving forward the the construction of the Keystone XL project, which is estimated to directly create at least 800 Montana jobs.
"Let me be clear--this project means jobs for Montanans," Daines stated in his address. "It means coming one step closer to North American energy independence. This isn't about politics--Republicans and Democrats alike support the pipeline. This is about American jobs. It's time for President Obama to approve this project."