Several members of the Indiana Delegation are lauding Congressional approval of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure if it reaches his desk. Representative Todd Rokita (R-4) is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and says Hoosier companies, such as the Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) facility in Lafayette, would benefit from the project. Susan Brooks (R-5), who is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted yes along with 237 other republicans and 28 democrats.

January 9, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Todd Rokita, as a new member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, helped secure passage of the committee's flagship, bi-partisan legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As the priority bill for the first week of the 114th Congress, Rep. Rokita stood for job creation, energy independence, and putting an end to President Obama's politically-motivated delays and dodges to this important project.

“For six years, instead of saying yes to thousands of jobs and energy independence, the President has blocked the promise of the Keystone XL pipeline. We must put an end to the games and gimmicks and move forward with this critical project. Hoosier businesses stand to directly benefit from the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, including equipment suppliers like Caterpillar in Lafayette. According to the State Department, the project will support more than 40,000 jobs and contribute $3.4 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We simply cannot let this opportunity pass us by” said Rokita.

H.R. 3, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, passed with bi-partisan support (266-153). The bill authorizes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and declares that all legal and environmental requirements for the project are satisfied. The bill now moves to the Senate for further review.

Source: The Office of Congressman Todd Rokita

January 9, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting to authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical to realizing the diverse ‘Architecture of Abundance’ strategy necessary to fuel America’s economic future. This project will support over 42,000 jobs and make monthly utility bills more affordable for our middle class. Today, I was proud to once again vote in favor of making the Keystone XL Pipeline a reality.

This effort has significant levels of support among Republicans and Democrats. The most recent and final review of the project concluded construction would not increase carbon emission and would have a positive impact on safety and the environment. Moving oil and gas underground is actually more secure than transporting such resources above ground. Labor officials have also called the pipeline a ‘lifeline’ for America’s economy. At this point, critics of the proposal are putting politics in front of progress. After 2303 days of waiting, it’s time to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

To learn more about the pipeline, click here.

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks represents Indiana’s 5th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information on Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, please visit: www.SusanWBrooks.house.gov.

Source: The Office of Congresswoman Susan Brooks

January 9, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for and the House passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which will approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 3 passed the House:

“The Keystone XL pipeline is the most studied pipeline in American history,” said Bucshon. “After 6 years and 22,000 pages of review, the President's own State Department tells us that construction of this pipeline will support over 42,000 good-paying jobs and do nothing to harm the environment. And, pipelines have been shown to be the safest way to transport oil! This pro-jobs, pro-energy, pro-national security project has bipartisan, wide-spread support from Democrats, Republicans, industry leaders, and labor alike. Just today, a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling upheld the route of the Keystone pipeline, clearing a roadblock the President has repeatedly used to stonewall the project. I look forward to this bill passing the Senate and making its way to President Obama's desk.”

Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), H.R. 3 passed with a bipartisan vote of 266 to 153. More information on the bill can be found here and letters of support can be found here.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Bucshon sits on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The 8th District includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

Source: The Office of Congressman Larry Bucshon

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