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Americans for Prosperity on Biden's Visit with Senator Udall

May 28, 2014

Parker, Colo, – Americans for Prosperity – Colorado today offered the following statement on Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit with Senator Mark Udall, who continues to block the Keystone pipeline. Dustin Zvonek offered the following statement:

“A majority of Americans support building the Keystone Pipeline, yet Sen. Udall has refused to listen to them. After attending a fundraiser at the home of billionaire Keystone opponent Tom Steyer, Sen. Udall helped block a bill to approve the pipeline earlier this month. As a reward, Vice President Biden is visiting him today to raise more money. Guess where Biden will be tomorrow evening? That’s right, another fundraiser at Tom Steyer’s house. While Sen. Udall benefits from opposing the Keystone Pipeline, Coloradans who support the project are left hanging out to dry. Tell Sen. Udall he should put jobs and affordable energy ahead of his allies in the White House and out-of-state billionaires like Tom Steyer.”

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS VISITING COLORADO TODAY TO REWARD MARK UDALL FOR STANDING WITH TOM STEYER AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AHEAD OF JOBS, ENERGY AND THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE

A Majority of Americans Support Building The Keystone Pipeline

65% of Americans Say Keystone Should Be Approved. “Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

“The public thinks the massive project… will produce significant economic benefits.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

Many Believe Keystone Will Create An “Economic Boon.” “A recent State Department assessment said the project would create 1,950 jobs for a two-year period, after which it would generate 50 permanent jobs. But most people see it as a larger economic boon, the poll shows.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

Even The Labor Unions Agree That Blocking The Keystone Pipeline Is Bad For The Economy

“A Low Blow To Working Men And Women.” “This [Keystone XL delay] is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.” (Terry O’Sullivan, LIUNA on Further Delay of Keystone Recommendation, 4/18/14)

SEN. UDALL HAS SAID THAT CREATING JOBS SHOULD BE CONGRESS’S TOP PRIORITY

In 2012, Sen Mark Udall Claimed The Economy Had Found Its Legs, But Work Could Not Be Stopped Until Everyone Has A Job. “Recent unemployment numbers indicate that our economy is finally starting to find its legs, but we can’t stop working until everyone who needs a job can find one. Only the private sector can create the jobs we need to break our economy free from the grips of recession, but Congress has an important role to play to create the right environment for growth.” (Newsletter, “What Are Your Priorities For Congress?,” Senator Mark Udall, 1/11/12)

Sen. Mark Udall Agreed Tackling The High Unemployment Rate Must Be Job Number One For Congress. “The message I hear from Coloradans as I travel the state is that tackling our unacceptably high unemployment rate must be job number one for Congress. I couldn’t agree more.” (Senator Mark Udall, “Sports Economics,” Colorado Springs Business Journal, 11/14/11)

BUT RATHER THAN SUPPORT MORE JOBS AND MORE ENERGY, SEN. UDALL HAS CHOSEN TO STAND WITH OUT-OF-STATE BILLIONAIRES LIKE TOM STEYER, WHO HAVE PROMISED TO LINE UDALL’S CAMPAIGN COFFERS IF HE REJECTS THE PIPELINE

Sen. Udall Campaigned Earlier This Year With San Francisco Billionaore Tom Steyer, Who Says He’ll Spend $100 Million To Defeat The Keystone Pipeline

Udall Attended a Fundraiser At Tom Steyer’s Home: “Udall was among an exclusive group of Democrats who attended Wednesday night’s fundraiser at the San Francisco home of liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million this year on candidates who pledge to fight climate change.” (Valerie Richardson, “Udall Reveals Double Standard on Big-Money Billionaires,” The Colorado Observer, 2/20/14)

Afterwards, Sen. Udall Blocked a Bill To Approve The Keystone Pipeline

Udall Opposed a Measure That Would’ve Forced Approval Of The Keystone Pipeline: “Sen. Udall has been eminently clear that Congress should not inject politics into the administration’s ongoing review process,” said Mike Saccone, Udall’s spokesman. “That’s why he voted against Democratic and Republican amendments that attempted to dictate a result on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Any votes this week on the pipeline wouldn’t be any different.” (Eli Stokols, “Udall likely a no on Keystone if Senate votes this week,” KDVR, 5/5/14)

Udall Is Being Rewarded By Having Vice President Biden Fly Out To Colorado To Raise Money For Him

Mark Udall Will Campaign With Vice President Biden Tonight: “Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Colorado later this month to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall’s Senate race.” (Lynn Bartels, “VP Joe Biden to raise money for Sen. Mark Udall at Colorado fundrasier,” The Denver Post, 5/1/14)

After Campaigning For Udall, Biden Will Raise Money At Tom Steyer’s House Tomorrow

Vice President Biden Will Attend a Fundraiser At Steyer’s House Tomorrow: “Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer will host Vice President Joe Biden at his San Francisco home May 28 for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, according to a source familiar with the event’s planning. It’s the latest indication that Steyer, a vocal opponent of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and an outspoken advocate for tackling climate change, is building strong ties to Democrats in Washington. President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have both made appearances at Steyer-hosted fundraisers in the past year.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Tom Steyer to host Joe Biden for May 28 DNC fundraiser,” Politico, 5/19/14)

DESPITE BROAD PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS DELAYED A DECISION ON IT MULTIPLE TIMES

2011: “The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.” (John Broder & Dan Frosch, “U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election,” The New York Times, 11/10/11)

2013: “The State Department’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being pushed into 2014. State’s internal watchdog on Friday said it won’t complete until January a review of allegations that the department hired a contractor with a conflict of interest to review the pipeline project.” (Zack Coleman, “Decision on Keystone in danger of being delayed until 2014,” The Hill, 8/23/13)

2014: “The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.” (CBS/AP, “Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline review,” CBS News, 4/18/14)

In 2013, Senator Udall Voted With President Obama 99 Percent Of The Time. (Member Profiles, Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 3/5/14)

  • 2012: 97 Percent
  • 2011: 95 Percent
  • 2010: 95 Percent
  • 2009: 97 Percent

For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at DZvonek@afphq.org or 720.219.1451.

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