WASHINGTON, DC – Joined by House and Senate leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signed S. 1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Prior to signing the bill, Speaker Boehner made the following comments:
“It’s pretty simple: the Keystone XL pipeline is a good idea for our economy and it’s a good idea for our country. Members of both parties know it. They’ve put politics aside to come together and pass this very important bill. The president’s own State Department says this project will create up to 42,000 direct jobs. Many labor unions know it. They say Keystone isn’t just a pipeline, it’s a lifeline for our construction workers. And the overwhelming majority of American people know it as well.
So to the president, let me just say this: do the right thing, sign this bill, and help us create more jobs in America, and create a healthier economy.”
Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, took part in today’s ceremony, and made the following comments:
“On behalf of the 3 million people that represent in North America’s Building Trades, we want to thank you for your tenacity in not giving up on this middle-class jobs-producing, private-sector funded project. We’re excited to be at this point, we’re excited with this ceremony today, and we urge the president of the United States to put our men and women back to work across the length of this pipeline as soon as possible. We urge the president to sign the bill.”
Additional participants in today’s ceremony included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-ND), and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND).