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June 20, 2014

Our View: Senate should vote on Keystone

Why it matters: The Obama administration has been dragging its feet on developing an important energy source

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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.

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