Daines Hails House Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan Senate legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline – clearing the way for the President to make a long-awaited decision on the job-creating project.

“President Obama is out of excuses. It’s time for him to join the American people and approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline,” Daines stated.“The Keystone pipeline will create new opportunities for good-paying jobs, energy independence, lower energy prices and millions of dollars in tax revenue for Montana counties. This project is good for national security and our global competitiveness. Montanans have been waiting long enough – it’s time we break ground and start construction on this pipeline.”

Daines is an original cosponsor of S.1, the bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

He has long been a leading proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would first enter the United States through Montana and create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, bring much needed economic opportunity to Montana and move the nation one step closer to North American energy independence.

In the House, Daines also spearheaded efforts to approve the pipeline. He cosponsored the Northern Route Approval Act, bipartisan legislation that also would permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.