January 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation today that was introduced by U.S. Senators John Hoeven (N.D.), Richard Lugar (Ind.), and David Vitter (La.) to authorize the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“More American energy means more American jobs, and this is the largest shovel-ready project in our country today. Yet despite his rhetoric in support of an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, President Obama opted to put politics before good policy when he rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Blunt.
“This project would create 20,000 American jobs, generate $20.9 billion in new private sector spending, reinforce America’s energy security, and benefit 1,400 American job creators – all without costing taxpayers a dime,” Blunt concluded. “This project is good for America’s job creation and energy independence, and that’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues to co-sponsor this bill.”
In addition to Blunt, the bill is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 44 Senators. Despite President Barack Obama’s recent decision to block the project, the Keystone XL Pipeline continues to garner broad bipartisan and public support due to its ability to help create thousands of American jobs and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.