Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger votes for oil pipeline, Obama threatens veto

Jan 9, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO APPROVE OIL PIPELINE, PRESIDENT OBAMA THREATENS VETO & HIGHER GAS PRICES

 

WASHINGTON – At a political rally in Phoenix on Thursday, President Obama warned Americans not to buy a gas guzzler, “because gas prices are gonna go back up.”

To better protect President Obama and all Americans from spikes in gas prices, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), which approves construction of a new pipeline that would pump nearly one million barrels of oil each day to American refineries.

“While President Obama talks about high gas prices, Republicans are doing something about it.  Incredibly, even after warning Americans that gas prices will go back up, President Obama is threatening a veto!  Has he no compassion for the middle class?” asked Congressman Pittenger.

“For too long, hardworking American families have been at the mercy of natural disasters, conflicts in faraway countries, and even the whims of oil sheiks.  North America has incredible energy resources, including natural gas reserves larger than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.  Now is the time to responsibly use those resources and end our dependence on foreign oil.”

The Obama Administration was close to approving the Keystone XL pipeline in 2011 when a decision was made to delay approval as a political favor to key supporters of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Putting aside President Obama’s politics, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Keystone XL pipeline by a vote of 266-153.

 

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