02.05.21

Daines to Senate Democrats on Passage of Keystone Amendment: Amendment Vote is Great, Time to Cosponsor My Bill and Let's Authorize It

U.S. SENATE – Following passage of his amendment showing support for the Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called on his Democratic colleagues to join his legislation to authorize its construction.  

“I’m glad to see my amendment in support of the Keystone XL pipeline pass the Senate. To the Senate Democrats who voted yes, your support can't stop here. Now it’s time to cosponsor my bill to authorize the project. Montana and our country need this pipeline. Our workers need this pipeline. Americans have already been given the pink slip. Their paychecks—gone. Let's pass my bill and get it done,” Daines said.

Daines issued this statement on the floor of the Senate urging his colleagues to support his Keystone XL pipeline amendment.

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Click HERE to watch the full speech.

This amendment follows President Biden’s Executive Order to kill construction of the pipeline.

Background:

The Keystone XL project has undergone extensive environmental review and is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to transport oil. 

Several Montana stakeholders, including Carter County Commissioners, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation and the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association have sent statements supporting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Read HERE.

On January 19th, Senator Daines led several western senators in sending a letter highlighting the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Biden to reconsider his decision to halt construction.