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Senate should act fast on pipeline bill

May 2, 2014
Lewistown Sentinel
President Barack Obama is fond of using executive orders to pursue his agenda even when Congress disagrees. Perhaps it is time for lawmakers to return the favor. Throughout his term in the Oval Office, Obama has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It would bring enormous quantities of Canadian oil to the U.S. Obama maintains he is not playing the part of obstructionist but, as they say, if it walks like a duck ... In this case it certainly does. No one in the government has been able to come up with a good reason to delay the pipeline. Yet the president, through the State Department, continues to postpone a decision on whether to permit construction. On Thursday legislation to allow immediate construction of the project was introduced by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota. In a statement, they said it has the support of all 45 Senate Republicans and 11 Democrats. The House has voted previously to approve construction of the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the United States, where it eventually would reach Gulf Coast states. Senators should pass the bill immediately, in effect overruling Obama and allowing work on the pipeline to begin. Then, if necessary, stand ready to overcome an Obama veto.
 
 
 

 

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