House Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed S.1, legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"Congress today is sending President Obama a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline that had dozens of Democratic votes. The President should sign this legislation as soon as it arrives on his desk.
“The Keystone XL Pipeline will create thousands of new jobs for American workers.

“If the President vetoes this legislation, he will be saying ‘no’ to energy, ‘no’ to jobs, ‘no’ to American families.  He will also be ignoring the State Department’s determination that the Keystone XL Pipeline’s construction and operation is environmentally safe.”
Note:  In September of 2008—more than six years ago—Canadian pipeline company TransCanada filed an application with the United States Department of State to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Secretary of State in January of 2014 determined that no significant environmental impact would be caused by the pipeline.