Hoeven Statement on His Keystone XL Approval Legislation Going to the President's Desk

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding his Keystone XL approval bill, which will be sent to President Obama’s desk on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by 62 to 35 and the House by 270 to 152:

“The Keystone XL pipeline approval bill has now passed both chambers of Congress and will go to the president’s desk tomorrow. The legislation approves the Keystone XL pipeline based on Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The administration has delayed this important infrastructure project for over six years, despite a series of environmental reviews, all of which conclude that the project will have no significant environmental impact. It has been more than enough time to make a fair decision on the merits of the project.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is about energy, jobs, economic activity, national security, and building the right kind of infrastructure we need to achieve all of these things. The will of the American people and Congress is clear. I encourage the president to sign this legislation and work with us not only to build this vital infrastructure project, but also to help us develop a true comprehensive, all-of-the-above energy plan for our nation.”