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Dr. Benishek Again Calls on Administration to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


Location: Washington, DC

Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) once again called on the Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

"TransCanada reapplied for a permit on Friday, the same day that the latest employment report showed that job creation is stalling," said Dr. Benishek. "This is a true shovel ready project that will immediately create 20,000 jobs.1 While the Administration has made it clear they are not interested in pursuing a pro-growth agenda, I am."

TransCanada initially applied for a permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline across the U.S.-Canadian border in 2008. After obtaining approval from several agencies, but no response from President Obama, Congress put forth legislation requiring his action on the pipeline. President Obama ultimately rejected the pipeline, stating the 60 day window he was given did not warrant enough time for his consideration. Meanwhile, state officials in Nebraska requested the pipeline's route through the state be revised.

The company reconsidered the route and drafted a new plan, which is currently being considered by state officials in Nebraska. Once approved, it will be considered alongside the new permit.

"The Administration claims to support an all-of-the-above energy plan, yet they continue to dismiss this pipeline. Our neighbors to the north want to form a partnership with us that will grow our economy and create jobs. This is a no brainer."

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