FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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Sen. Inhofe Statement on the President's Veto of te Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a statement today on the President's veto of S.1, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline:
"The president not only vetoed bipartisan legislation today to finish building the Keystone pipeline, but he also denied Americans thousands of new, well-paying jobs and the opportunity to progress towards energy independence. In my home state of Oklahoma on March 22, 2012, he acknowledged that America is producing 'so much oil and gas in places like North Dakota and Colorado that we don't have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it.' Today he confirmed this was just another campaign stump speech that he did not intend to back up with real solutions. I stand in strong support of a veto override vote. Congress must ban together with the majority of Americans who support this job-creating initiative. The U.S. energy sector has faithfully provided over 9.2 million jobs to our economy, and it is unfortunate the president has failed to lead the way in standing for energy independence, national security, and a more robust economy."