Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama's veto of S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support:
"With his pen today, President Obama has said 'no' to energy and jobs for American families.   The President should have listened to his own State Department, which determined that the pipeline's construction and operation is environmentally safe.  With the State Department's long-delayed 'national interest determination' review still ongoing, Secretary of State John Kerry has the authority to approve this jobs-creating energy project, which is exactly what he should do."
Note:  Last Month, Chairman Royce, joined by all Republican Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Kerry urging him to quickly approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The letter is available HERE.
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.