Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL) today joined his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in passing H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. The legislation approves the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which would create thousands of American jobs, and when completed, will move up to 800,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada to refineries in Texas.
"Now, more than ever, it is important that we create a long-term energy plan, which addresses rising energy costs that drain family budgets," said Congressman Bilirakis. "Today, we took a significant step toward ensuring our energy independence by passing the Northern Route Approval Act, which will not only create much-needed jobs, but also allow us to reduce our reliance on less-than-friendly countries, like Venezuela, for our oil. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this important piece of legislation out of the House of Representatives and into the Senate."
The project was originally proposed in 2008, but the President has declined to approve it, even though the Department of State has concluded the pipeline will pose minimal threat to the environment.