Release: Keystone Pipeline approved by the House of Representatives
(January 9, 2015) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Keystone Pipeline this afternoon with a bipartisan vote of 266 - 153. Today's passage happened hours after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The decision by the court overturned a lower court's ruling challenging Keystone's path through Nebraska. The lower court said a 2012 law that allowed Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to greenlight the route was against the state's constitution. By striking down the decision today, the Nebraska Supreme Court removed President Obama's core argument for threatening to veto legislation approving the project.
The Keystone Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canada to refineries in the south, would improve the nation's energy infrastructure, and create thousands of jobs.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"By overwhelming margins, Americans strongly support the bipartisan Keystone Pipeline because they recognize how beneficial the project will be to both job creation and our nation's energy infrastructure.
"Granite Staters strongly commend Congressman Frank Guinta for listening to them and voting for HR 3 this afternoon. His support for policies that add jobs and increase energy production is exactly what New Hampshire sent him to Washington to fight for. However, we are extremely disappointed in Congresswoman Annie Kuster for her vote against the bill. Despite scores of Democrats joining with Republicans to approve the Keystone Pipeline, Kuster continues to blindly follow Washington liberals against the wills of her constituents in New Hampshire's Second Congressional District."