McConnell Urges President to Stand with Middle Class, Not Political Extremists, and Support Keystone
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on the President to sign the Keystone XL Pipeline bill:
“Congress is sending the President another piece of bipartisan legislation today. Americans of both parties are calling on him to sign it. There’s no reason not to.
“The Keystone jobs bill is just common sense. The construction of this important infrastructure project would support thousands of American jobs. It would pump billions into our economy. And the President’s own State Department told us this could be achieved with minimal environmental impact.
“That’s why this jobs and infrastructure bill passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support. I know powerful special interests and political extremists are pressuring the President to veto American jobs. I hope President Obama will join us in standing for the Middle Class instead.
“It’s hard to even imagine what a serious justification for a veto might be. Excuses related to the review process obviously won’t work, since this bipartisan bill is a solution for fixing a review the Obama Administration broke as it ignored deadlines and interfered for political reasons.
“Plus the President has called on Congress to send him infrastructure projects, and Keystone is an important infrastructure project that’s shovel-ready.
“So Americans are urging President Obama to finally heed scientific conclusions his own State Department already reached. There’s no reason for the President to ignore that science any longer. Republicans and Democrats, labor unions and businesses — we’re all calling on him to finally allow American workers to build an infrastructure project that just makes sense.”
Related Issues: Jobs, Infrastructure, Middle Class, Keystone XL Pipeline, Economy, Energy