McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Override Partisan Keystone Veto
‘If you’re interested in jobs, and infrastructure, and saving your party from an extreme mistake, then join us. Vote with us to override a partisan veto and help the President pursue priorities he’s advocated in the past.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to override the President’s veto of the bipartisan Keystone XL infrastructure jobs bill:
“President Obama has advocated reducing our reliance on Middle Eastern oil.
“President Obama has advocated reaffirming the commitment of the United States to its close allies.
“And President Obama has led us to believe he’d work to create American jobs, not veto them.
“Of course, signing the bipartisan Keystone Jobs Bill would have advanced all of these priorities.
“But President Obama chose deep-pocketed special interests over the Middle Class with his partisan veto of the Keystone Jobs Bill.
“It’s the kind of thing that puts union workers on edge. I suspect it makes some of our Democratic colleagues uncomfortable too.
“But here’s the good news. Our Democratic friends don’t have to make the same choice the President did.
“There’s a bipartisan jobs coalition right here in the Senate that would love to have their support.
“We’re pro- Keystone jobs.
“We’re pro- Keystone infrastructure.
“And we’re pro- Middle Class.
“If you’re interested in jobs, and infrastructure, and saving your party from an extreme mistake, then join us.
“Vote with us to override a partisan veto and help the President pursue priorities he’s advocated in the past.
“There’s no reason to allow powerful special interests to block the billions this infrastructure project would pour into our economy, or the thousands of American jobs Keystone would support.
“Your vote for common sense can release this special-interest stranglehold. It can return a little more sanity to Washington.
“And there’s a lot we can accomplish by working together with serious job ideas and common-sense reform as our guiding principles.
“So I hope you’ll join the new majority in that effort.
“Because no matter what happens today, this new Congress is not going to stop working for good ideas.
“And we’re not going to protect the President from them either.”
Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Middle Class, Energy, Keystone XL Pipeline, Infrastructure, Jobs