Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger: Keystone will help middle class families

Nov 14, 2014
Press Release



Focused on Efforts to Ease the Squeeze on the Middle Class


WASHINGTON – Focusing on efforts to ease the squeeze on middle class families, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite previous efforts by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to derail the project. 

“For too long, hardworking American families have been at the mercy of natural disasters, conflicts in countries halfway around the globe, and even the whims of oil sheiks,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Why should your family budget be wrecked by a spike in foreign oil prices when North America has abundant and untapped energy resources?

“This summer, when gas prices in Charlotte hovered above $3.50 per gallon, Senator Reid refused to take action on Keystone legislation.  Now that a Democrat Senator from a state that would benefit from Keystone faces a tough runoff election, Senator Reid is suddenly very anxious to approve this legislation.

“Our focus should be on easing the squeeze on hardworking American families by promoting good policy that leads to economic growth and good paying jobs, not on playing silly Washington political games.

“Let’s hope President Obama has the good judgment not to thwart the will of the people and derail this common sense legislation through a presidential veto.”

H.R. 5682 authorizes the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canadian oil fields to American refineries.  H.R. 5682 was approved by a bipartisan vote of 252-161.

The Keystone XL pipeline is expected to create 40,000 good paying jobs and lower energy costs for hardworking American families.