Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted in the House Wednesday for legislation that would enable construction of the Keystone XL pipeline (HR 3), which would bring North American crude oil to the Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries.
"The Administration is holding up this project that would create 20,000 direct jobs with its construction and thousands of additional spinoff jobs. This bill takes the President out of the decision making and allows the project to move forward," Shimkus said.
"A report issued earlier this week cited crude oil prices as the reason for high gas prices. Keystone XL brings more crude oil into the United States," he added.
Both business groups and labor agree that the Keystone XL pipeline should be built, including the Associated General Contractors of America, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, International Union of Operating Engineers, and Laborers' International Union of North America among many others.
The bill passed with bipartisan support, 241-175. Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska was the sponsor, and the pipeline would run through his state.
"This project doesn't even involve spending federal money and has been studied for years. It should be approved today," Shimkus noted.