WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement regarding the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:
“This decision is a win for the people of Montana and the thousands of American families who will directly benefit from the jobs created by Keystone XL pipeline’s construction,” Daines stated. “This project has strong bipartisan support, will create thousands of good-paying jobs, and will provide struggling Montana communities with millions of dollars of badly needed revenue for infrastructure and education. With the Nebraska Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the President has run out of excuses – it’s time to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.”
The court’s decision clears the way for President Obama to make a decision on the pipeline’s construction, which has been held up by the Obama administration for more than six years.
Yesterday, Daines joined the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in advancing Daines-cosponsored legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for Montana alone.
Daines has long been a leading proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would enter the United States through Montana, and spearheaded efforts in the House to approve its construction.
In the House, Daines cosponsored the Northern Route Approval Act, bipartisan legislation that also would permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.