Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-7) voted today to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"After much deliberation, I voted in favor of constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline to strengthen our economy and create more jobs in Alabama and across this nation.
"Keystone XL will create thousands of construction jobs for welders, pipefitters, and electricians during the pipeline's construction and after its completion. As our economy continues to recover, I am confident that the hardworking men and women in Alabama's 7thCongressional District and their families will enthusiastically welcome these skilled and well-paying construction and manufacturing jobs.
"My vote for Keystone does not, in any way, undermine my commitment to protecting our environment, but rather affirms my belief that a responsible, all of the above energy strategy is the best approach to achieving true energy independence while spurring critical job creation. I will continue my support for strategic investments in renewable and green energy, as well promote increased oil production right here in North America.
"I am proud to stand with numerous groups, nationally and in Alabama, that support the Keystone XL Pipeline, including: U.S. Steel -- Fairfield Works and Fairfield Tubular Operations, Vulcan Materials Company, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the North America Building Trades Unions, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association."