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Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement after the House voted to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“I support the Keystone XL Pipeline because I support economic and energy independence for Minnesota and our country. The pipeline will be a safe, efficient means of transporting up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the United States daily. Construction of this pipeline will support thousands of jobs by increasing our GDP by nearly $3.4 billion, while also decreasing our dependence on oil from volatile foreign nations. Additionally, we will also see some relief for road and railway congestion currently plaguing cities across Minnesota. After more than 2,300 days of stalling, I urge the President and the new majority in the Senate to follow the House’s lead by listening to the American people's call for energy growth and stability.”

H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 266-153. To view the full text of this legislation, click here. To view Emmer’s Floor speech on this bill, click here.