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Motions to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348, Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ALTMIRE. Mr. Speaker, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs for hardworking Americans, but it would also increase our energy independence. Canada has already confirmed its intention to build the pipeline. The only question now is whether or not our Nation will benefit from the jobs, economic growth, and energy security that comes with construction of the pipeline.

We cannot allow this opportunity to pass us by. The project would be developed in keeping with all environmental regulations and constructed with the safest and most advanced pipeline technology available. What's more, the Keystone pipeline takes advantage of Canada's vast oil resources that are the second-largest on the planet.

The time for delay has long since passed. The House legislation would advance the approval and construction of the pipeline passed by the House on multiple occasions with bipartisan support. The Keystone pipeline has the potential to become a viable, long-lasting, sustainable source of energy for the future. Construction of the pipeline would provide a steady source of energy for our country, decrease our reliance on volatile oil markets, and provide the certainty that comes with steady jobs for tens of thousands of Americans.

Mr. Speaker, the pipeline is going to be built. What is left to decide is whether Americans will benefit from it. I strongly urge the conferees on the Surface Transportation reauthorization committee to include the Keystone pipeline in the final bill, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to advance our Nation's energy independence.


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