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Keystone XL Pipeline

Floor Speech

Date: Feb. 11, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACK. Mr. Speaker, in the President's State of the Union
Address he declared the need for ``21st century infrastructure.'' With
today's legislation to complete the Keystone XL pipeline, we are
offering him an infrastructure bill that would create jobs and promote
energy security.

This study from the President's own State Department says Keystone
will create about 42,000 jobs and generate about $2 billion in
earnings, all while imposing a negligible environmental impact.

This project has been waiting for approval for more than 2,300 days.
The Nebraska Supreme Court struck down the challenge against it. Fifty-
eight percent of Americans said they support it, and a bipartisan
majority in both Chambers of Congress approved it.

I urge the President to listen to the will of his constituents and,
if nothing else, maybe read the reports from his own administration.
The excuses have run out. It is time to build.

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