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Northern Route Approval Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SCALISE. I want to thank the gentleman from Michigan for yielding. I thank Congressman Terry from Nebraska for bringing this bill forward.

I rise in strong support of the bill to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline. Look at the facts about what this means to America: 20,000 jobs immediately and energy security. We're going to be getting 830,000 barrels of oil a day from a friend in Canada that we don't have to get from Middle Eastern countries who don't like us.

Of course, what's the answer by President Obama? For 5 years now, he said ``no.'' He said ``no'' to American jobs and he said ``no'' to American energy security just because some radical environmental extremists have told him that they don't want this. But even the labor unions say they want this.

Of course, who's to benefit by the United States not doing the Keystone XL pipeline? China. China wants those jobs. And if President Obama gets his way, China will get those jobs. We don't want China to get those jobs. We want America to get the 20,000 jobs and the $7 billion of private investment.

How can this happen? With the stroke of a pen. Today, President Obama can approve the Keystone pipeline, but he won't. So if he won't, then here Congress is taking action to get those 20,000 jobs. Instead, we ought to approve this bill and get the Keystone XL pipeline built.


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