Sens. Hoeven, Landrieu Submit Keystone Resolution: XL Pipeline IS in the National Interest

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., today submitted a joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the federal approvals required for the construction are in the national interest of the United States.

“We have studied this project for long enough. We know its tremendous economic benefits and the critical role it will have for our nation’s energy security. With Nebraska now on board, every state involved has realized this project is a job creator with minimal effects on the environment,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Today’s resolution reaffirms the urgent need for the administration to approve this project and the strong and broad Congressional support for this project.”

“I’m pleased to be cosponsoring this resolution in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project,” Sen. Hoeven said. “We are introducing this measure in addition to bipartisan legislation I authored with Senator Landrieu that would approve the project congressionally. The administration has been reviewing the Keystone XL pipeline project for five years, and now we need to push on all fronts to get it approved as soon as possible for the good of the nation.”

The resolution states that it is the sense of Congress that:

• Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will promote sound investment in the infrastructure of the United States;

• Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will promote energy security in North America and will generate an increase in private sector jobs that will benefit the region surrounding the pipeline and the United States as a whole; and

• Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest of the United States

The full resolution can be found here.