WASHINGTON, D.C.óToday Congressman Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement responding to the Administrationís announcement that it will further delay its decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline project:

ìI am extremely disappointed that the President has decided not to decide on the Keystone Pipeline,î said Poe. ìHis choice to punt this until after the election shows a failure to put jobs and the people before politics. This transparent move discredits the claim that creating jobs is the number one priority of this Administration. If that were true, the Keystone XL Pipeline project would have already been approved. This project would inject thousands of much needed jobs into our economy, while providing the United States with a stable and consistent source of energy. ì

ìThe pipeline would end in my Congressional District and would bring many lost jobs in the energy sector back to Southeast Texas. People all around the nation are in need of a stable source of energy, and they are thirsty for jobs. This project will provide both, free of cost to the taxpayers. It will enhance our national security, our energy security and our economic security. Canada wonít wait for the 2012 United States Presidential election. Instead, they will turn to our competitors, the Chinese, who are eager to do business with them. Itís time for the President to pick a horse and ride it.î