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AFP-Nebraska Statement on Sen. Johanns' Effort for Congressional Vote on Keystone XL

January 31, 2012

Senator Johanns Legislation to Let Congress Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline Restores Congress’s Regulatory Power, Enables Job-Creation

Lincoln, NE – Americans for Prosperity – Nebraska applauds Senator Mike Johanns for introducing legislation to let Congress vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Johanns’ bill, introduced yesterday, would restore Congress’s power to regulate commerce (authorized under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution) and end the current stalemate over the Keystone XL project.

“Job creation has been delayed in Nebraska because the President has overextended his regulatory power and placed politics above prosperity,” says AFP-NE State Director Brad Stevens. “Senator Johanns’ bill gives back to Congress the ability to vote and move forward on the Keystone XL project, creating jobs and lowering our energy costs.”

“The Obama Administration, by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline outright, has shown their cards. The Administration puts environmental ideology and politics ahead of hard working Middle Class Americans,” said Stevens.

This pipeline would extend from Alberta, Canada through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. Government environmental impact reports have found that the pipeline is safe.

“It’s time for Congress to re-assert its regulatory jurisdiction and enable the job creation that the President insists on blocking,” Stevens explains. “Senator Johanns is to be commended for his leadership and commitment to economic opportunity and Constitutional separation of powers.”

For Immediate Release – January 31, 2012
Contact: Brad Stevens, bstevens@afphq.org

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