Reid and Democratic leadership should allow an up or down vote on Keystone in the full Senate. Energy Committee member Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pointed out there is a role for Congress in these decisions when the administration continues to stall and delay in a manner that Murkowski says “subverts” the process. We agree.
And as Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said: “The reality is that if this project’s going to get approved, Congress is going to have to do it.” That’s the reality.
Democratic senators have a duty to call on Reid to allow a vote. They don’t even have to advocate for the project. We simply need a vote. In all likelihood, it will be approved. A completed Keystone project will reduce U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and will be another step toward energy independence.
In their words:
“I really wish we weren’t sitting here years after a decision should have been made by this administration. When the administration delays or subverts the process, there is a role for Congress.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
“The reality is that if this project’s going to get approved, Congress is going to have to do it.”
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
“With all due respect, this vote seems more like a cheerleading exercise than a meaningful effort to get Keystone built.”
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.