Washington, D.C. -- Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the statement below on President Obama's veto of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone tar sands pipeline.

Senator Boxer said: "I applaud President Obama's decision to veto this bill because the Keystone tar sands pipeline does nothing for our country and everything for Canadian special interests. Reports have shown the pipeline project will increase the dangers of spills like the ones that occurred in Arkansas and Michigan, and will result in pollution that causes serious illnesses like asthma and increases in carbon pollution - the main cause of climate change. Instead of building this pipeline, which will only create 35 permanent jobs, the Republican leadership should immediately focus on passing a long-term transportation bill that will support millions of jobs."