01.24.17

Trump Heeds Daines' Call: Keystone XL Moving Forward

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump’s executive action to move forward the commonsense job-creating Keystone XL pipeline.

“The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union,” Daines stated. “After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn’t be more thrilled that President Trump has heeded my call to move forward construction of this project.” 

In Daines' letter to Trump on December 6, 2016, Daines urged him to take immediate action in starting the process to build the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Cary Hegreberg, Executive Director, Montana Contractors Association: “The Keystone project will put hundreds of high paid construction workers to work and will be a huge boost to our economy. We applaud President Trump for his courage in doing the right thing.”

Webb Brown, President, CEO, Montana Chamber of Commerce: “The Montana Chamber of Commerce is delighted to hear Keystone XL can move forward. This project will benefit Montana in so many ways: business activity, tax revenue, and jobs.  We thank Trans-Canada for their faith in Montana, President Trump for this action, and our delegation for their support.  Let's get to work!” 

The Keystone XL pipeline is a much-needed lifeline to many rural Montana communities, entering the United States through Phillips County, traveling about 284 miles across eastern Montana to South Dakota. 

The Obama administration unconscionably vetoed this project, which would create about 800 jobs in Montana, help keep electricity prices affordable for families, and generate more than $80 million in Montana property taxes, more than $16 million of which would be distributed to Montana’s schools and university system.  

On November 6 2015, former President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada’s application to build the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. 

Daines was original cosponsor of S. 1, the bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, that was vetoed on February 24, 2015.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Daines co-sponsored the Northern Route Approval Act, bipartisan legislation that also would permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

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