Release: Senate approves Keystone; Ayotte supports and Shaheen opposes
(January 29, 2015) - The US Senate voted to approve the Keystone Pipeline this afternoon with a bipartisan vote of 62 - 36. The House of Representatives passed a similar measure on January 9th with a bipartisan vote of 266 - 153, with Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) voting in the affirmative and Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) voting against it. The Senate version that passed today differs from the House-passed bill, so the measure is not yet ready to head to President Obama's desk. The House of Representatives could pass the Senate's version, or the two chambers could conference to resolve any differences.
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.
Senator Kelly Ayotte voted in favor of this important legislation. Even though 9 Democrats joined with 53 Republicans in support of the bill, Senator Jeanne Shaheen opposed it.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"It is refreshing that with a new Congress, a majority of representatives and senators in Washington are now finally listening to their constituents regarding the Keystone Pipeline. By overwhelming margins, Americans strongly support the bipartisan initiative. Here in New Hampshire, Granite Staters recognize how beneficial the project will be to both job creation and our nation's energy infrastructure.
"Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire commends Senator Kelly Ayotte for listening to her constituents and for supporting the Keystone Pipeline. During her tenure in Washington, Senator Ayotte has a record of advancing legislation that creates jobs and lowers energy costs. Her vote today is yet another example of her work to promote that pro-growth agenda. On the other hand, we are extremely disappointed in Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her vote against the bill. Even though nine Democrats were willing to join with Republicans to advance the Keystone Pipeline, Shaheen wasn't one of them. She would rather vote on behalf of environmental extremists and partisan politicians in Washington instead of her constituents back in New Hampshire."