By Sunshine State News
Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, who represents parts of North Central Florida, doubled down on his support of the Keystone XL Pipeline this week, comparing it to one of the great infrastructure investments in American history.
Explaining his vote on Wednesday in favor of HR 3, which removes the need for presidential approval to build the pipeline, Yoho argued that Keystone XL would create jobs and help the economy. Yoho also took aim at President Barack Obama for opposing it.
"The Keystone XL Pipeline is the Transcontinental Railroad of our time," Yoho said. "It unlocks 20,000 much-needed jobs and pumps $20 billion into our economy. We needed this legislation today to break the lock President Obama has placed on American ingenuity through a permit process of more than 1,700 days and 15,500 pages of review. For every page written and day delayed, that's an American who could have been working. Streamlining government allows more Americans to work, and that's what we did today."