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WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 22, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., voted in favor of H.R. 3, legislation that would fast-track approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline by removing the requirement of a presidential permit for final approval.
The Keystone XL Pipeline, proposed more than 1,700 days ago, is a $7 billion private-sector infrastructure project that is estimated to create more than 40,000 jobs. The Barack Obama administration has repeatedly delayed the approval process, despite broad bipartisan support. The project has raised serious environmental concerns.
“The Keystone XL pipeline is a critical component of the common-sense, all-of-the-above energy approach that our nation sorely needs right now,” said Kinzinger. “With gas prices skyrocketing and turmoil overseas, it is unconscionable for the Obama administration to delay approval of Keystone XL any longer. Enough is enough; it’s time to build.”
May 21, Kinzinger joined key leaders from across the political spectrum on a media call to voice support for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Kinzinger, Tom Gross, director of pipeline and gas distribution for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters; Tom Wolf, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Energy Council; and Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, all gave their unique perspectives on the benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Posted May 23, 2013