Lucas: “It’s time to build”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) voted today in support of H.R. 3, legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill passed the House by a vote of 266 to 153. Lucas released the following statement upon the bill’s passage.
“It’s time for President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. While I believe this project is a no-brainer in terms of promoting American energy security and spurring job growth in our country, the president continues to walk a fine political line with members of his own party.
“After over half a decade of deliberation and increasing support from the public, it’s time to move forward and build the pipeline.
“I am disappointed that President Obama has already threatened to veto this commonsense project, and I look forward to hearing his explanation to the American people as to why he is blocking legislation that will boost our economy and create jobs.”
The State Department has predicted construction of the pipeline will support roughly 42,000 jobs and generate $2.05 billion in earnings for American workers.