U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today applauded passage by the House of legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. The House approved S.1 by a vote of 270 to 152.
"Now that Congress has spoken overwhelmingly in favor of closer energy ties with Canada, it's time for President Obama to make a decision," Murkowski said. "To me this is a pretty simple choice between job creation and greater energy security on one hand or more of the status quo on the other. After six years of review -- it's been 2,336 days and counting since TransCanada first applied to for a permit -- there's no reason for further delay."
Wednesday's vote in the House comes nearly two weeks after the Senate approved bipartisan Keystone XL legislation.