Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration formally rejected construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"I strongly disagree with the President's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline project. His shortsighted decision puts politics before the good of the country and is a slap in the face of our close ally, Canada. Our ailing economy could have used the injection of several thousand private-sector jobs and lower energy costs. Instead the Obama Administration sat on the Keystone pipeline decision for several years, and now we may lose this opportunity to China.
"House Republicans have been fighting for an energy strategy that leverages all our natural resources to help strengthen the economy and our national security. The President's own Jobs Council recommended this as well, yet the President refuses to listen."