McMorris Rodgers Votes to Approve Keystone Pipeline

Landmark Project Will Create Jobs &
Increase Energy Security

Washington, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted for H.R. 1938, The North American-Made Energy Security Act today.  The House approved this bill which will expedite a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline – a landmark project that would allow 1.3 million barrels of Canadian oil to flow into the U.S. market every day and create more than 100,000 American jobs.

“At a time when energy prices are near an all-time high and we are still suffering from the longest streak of high unemployment since the Great Depression, Congress needs to get serious about domestic energy security,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers, an original cosponsor of today’s legislation.  “Our bill will create energy jobs and reduce our dangerous dependence on oil from Venezuela and the Middle East.” 

The North American-Made Energy Security Act would require the President to issue a final Presidential Permit decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by November 1, 2011.

“Unless we take immediate action to expand the Keystone pipeline, we risk losing valuable oil to China and other energy-hungry nations that are not creating the same unnecessary roadblocks,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “Our bill will remove those roadblocks promptly and increase America’s energy security and national security.”

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