With the most comprehensive legislation to date to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline coming to the floor of the U.S. House next week, Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) today applauded the President's appearance at a Baltimore manufacturing plant to announce his plan to expedite the federal permitting process:
"I commend the President for recognizing the importance of our nation of builders and the important role they play in creating high-paying jobs with benefits as our economy continues to recover.
"It's about time the President recognize that the on-going delays in the federal permitting process hurts job creation and ultimately our economic recovery. And that goes for the delays to issue the permits for the Keystone Pipeline.
"It's my hope that Mr. Bowe has an opportunity to tell the President about his testimony yesterday to the House Small Business Committee which he noted the Keystone Pipeline is "all about jobs'.
"With my legislation to build the Keystone Pipeline scheduled to be on the floor next week, the timing couldn't be better for the President to hear directly from a small business owner who stands to benefit from the Northern Route Approval Act and the role it will play in creating jobs, lowering gas prices and making our nation North American energy independent."
The President's speech, to be delivered in Baltimore, Maryland at Ellicott Dredges is owned by Peter Bowe, who yesterday testified to the House Small Business Committee that approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about jobs.
Yesterday marked day 1,700 since the original permits were filed to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.