McConnell Urges the President to Sign Keystone Jobs Bill
‘The Keystone Jobs bill is just common sense. That’s why this bipartisan legislation already passed the Senate with support from both parties. That’s why labor unions support it. That’s why the American people support it.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging the President to sign the Keystone jobs bill:
“Last night, I joined members of both parties to recognize the latest bipartisan achievement for the American people.
“The Clay Hunt act, which will provide important support to our nation’s veterans, passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s on its way to President Obama’s desk now. I’m confident he’ll sign it.
“And today, the House of Representatives is expected to pass yet another bipartisan bill for him to sign.
“The Keystone Jobs bill is just common sense. That’s why this bipartisan legislation already passed the Senate with support from both parties. That’s why labor unions support it. That’s why the American people support it.
“Americans know that construction of this infrastructure project would pump billions into the economy and support thousands of good jobs. They also know that America could achieve this with, as the President’s own State Department has indicated, minimal environmental impact.
“So Americans are urging President Obama not to interfere in the review process for political reasons any longer.
“Americans are urging the President to finally heed scientific conclusions his own State Department already reached.
“Let American workers build this infrastructure project, Mr. President.
“Sign this jobs and infrastructure bill.
“Powerful special interests may be demanding that the President veto Keystone Jobs, but we hope he won’t.
“If the President does ultimately bow to these special-interest demands, that’s a discussion we can have then. But either way, Americans should know this: the new Congress won’t stop pursuing good ideas.
“This new majority is committed to refocusing Washington on the concerns of the middle class. And the passage of bipartisan bills like Clay Hunt and Keystone Jobs shows we’re doing just that.”
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