NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakersjoined business and labor leaders at a press conference today marking the fifthanniversary of TransCanada's original application to construct the Keystone XLPipeline project and calling for President Obama to approve this projectimmediately.
"As President Obama'pivots' back to the economy, he should explain to Americans why he has blockedthe Keystone XL Pipeline for five years," Blunt said. "This shovel-readyproject will create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and help reduce ourdependence on foreign oil. More American energy means more American jobs, andPresident Obama should stop stalling on Keystone and approve thisimportant project immediately."
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Blunt has co-sponsored bipartisanlegislation – which was introduced byU.S. Senator John Hoeven (N.D.) and is co-sponsored by 44 Senators – to authorize the constructionand operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipelinewould create an estimated 20,000 jobs.
In addition to Blunt and Hoeven, today's newsconference included U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.),John Thune (S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mark Begich (Alaska), James Inhofe(Okla.), and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and U.S. Representative Lee Terry (Neb.).Also participating were Sean McGarvey, president of the North America'sBuilding Trades Unions, and Karen Harbert, president and chief executiveofficer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy.
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