McCarthy: The President Should Focus on Keystone Pipeline, Not Political Targets

May 15, 2013

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) made the following statement on the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline to job creation and energy security:  

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“The American public is wondering, instead of Washington spending their time researching people based on political beliefs, or economics, or your job, maybe they should be focused on job creation.”

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“The American public is wondering, instead of Washington spending their time researching people based on your political beliefs, or your economics, or your job, maybe they should be focused on job creation. One thing that the President can do when he wants to look for something bipartisan in job creation is the Keystone Pipeline. 20,000 jobs can be created with that single approval. Now, tomorrow is an anniversary, 1,700 days since it was first applied for - 1,700 days. 15,00 pages have been reviewed. Instead of reviewing the American people and what they do with their politics, let’s finds ways to make job creation happen.

 

“Now if you question if it can pass the House, we have proven it can. Can it pass the Senate? Yes. In March the vote was 62-37; 17 Democrats voted for it. The [State Department] environmental report came back and said that there was minimal environmental impact, but it will have maximum impact on 20,000 jobs. The election is over. The time is now, Mr. President to focus on job creation, and to get the Administration working in the right direction. I believe Keystone is the place we should focus.”

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