WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement on the House of Representatives vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 252-161.


“It took less time to win World War II than it has for this Administration to approve the Keystone Pipeline. This project should be a no-brainer for America, but sadly it has been continually delayed due to politics.  The obstructionists in the Administration at the mercy of the environmental lobby have stonewalled this pipeline for far too long. The pipeline would bring in almost as much oil as America gets from Saudi Arabia. It would create at least 100,000 jobs in its lifetime, including 20,000 immediate construction and manufacturing jobs. Pipelines are proven to be an environmentally safe way to transport energy. The House has acted. It is time for the Senate and the President to do the same. Let’s create jobs, bring energy to the United States and make Middle Eastern politics irrelevant to our national security.”


Congressman Poe previously introduced The Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act (K-Fast). K-Fast would allow Congress to directly and immediately approve the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.