Today, Representative Brad Wenstrup and the House of Representatives approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 241 to 175. The Northern Route Approval Act, H.R. 3, waives the need for a Presidential Permit and grants the additional federal permits required to build the pipeline.
"The Northern Route Approval Act, which I am proud to co-sponsor, gets government out of the way and promotes real energy security and economic growth. Building the Keystone XL pipeline is not only a strong step towards North American energy independence, but towards real job growth," Wenstrup said. "After more than 1,700 days of government stonewalling, it's time to build the pipeline and create 20,000 new American jobs, not to mention the thousands of secondary jobs and businesses that will grow around the project."
The pipeline approval process, which has been stymied by 5 years and over 15,000 pages of regulatory review, would provide America up to 830,000 additional barrels of oil a day. Wenstrup has long supported an "all of the above," market-based energy policy that maximizes North America's resources. Earlier this year, 62 Senators voted for similar legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.