Release: US House Sends the Keystone Pipeline to President Obama's Desk
(February 11, 2015) - The House of Representatives voted to send the Keystone Pipeline to President Obama's desk today with a bipartisan vote of 270-152. A total of 29 Democrats joined with a majority of Republicans to help pass it.
Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) voted with the majority in support of the bill, while Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted against it.
The US Senate had passed their approval of the Keystone Pipeline with a vote of 62-36 a couple of weeks ago. Senator Kelly Ayotte supported it and Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted in opposition.
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.
According to a Pew Research Center poll conducted last November, by nearly two-to-one, the public favors building the pipeline (59% to 31%).
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"After years of debate, we finally have a Congress that can work together and send a bipartisan approval of the Keystone Pipeline to President Obama's desk. Here in New Hampshire, Granite Staters recognize how beneficial the project will be and we are appreciative of Rep. Guinta's vote today. We commend him and Senator Ayotte for their continued support of commonsense legislation such as the Keystone Pipeline, which will create jobs and improve our energy infrastructure.
"Conversely, Rep. Kuster's and Senator Shaheen's blind allegiance to liberal billionaires in California and partisan politicians in Washington is incredibly disappointing. Even though 9 Democrats in the Senate and 29 in the House supported the Keystone Pipeline, neither Shaheen nor Kuster were among them. It is now up to President Obama as to whether he will stand by his politically motivated veto threat or finally listen to the vast majority of Americans who want the Keystone Pipeline constructed immediately. We implore him to do the latter."