On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline with a bipartisan vote of 266-153. The bill would put an end to the lengthy delay of the project that has gone on for over six years.
President Obama has vowed to veto the bill.
Ahead of the vote Arizona Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva urged his colleagues to support President Obama’s promised veto after the bill’s expected passage.
“This is an earmark for a Canadian corporation,” Grijalva said. “This is not about bringing down the cost of gas, which it won’t, or making the United States less dependent on foreign energy sources, which it won’t. My colleagues have a chance to take an important stand early in this Congress on behalf of taxpayers, the environment, Native American communities and the rule of law by sustaining President Obama’s veto and rejecting this unneeded boondoggle.”
Grijalva wrote in The Guardian on Wednesday, Keystone supporters have “never accepted that the burden of proof is on them to establish the need for this polluting, environmentally risky project. Instead, oil-hungry Republicans have insisted that everyone take their economic claims at face value and have accused environmentally responsible skeptics of not getting with the program. . . . What Democrats need to do now is stick together and give the president a veto-proof Keystone ‘no’ vote on the floor. Years of statement-making and maneuvering are about to come to a head. The vote total is the only statement anyone’s going to listen to from now on. It’s time to stand firm.”
Arizona Congressman, Vice-Chair of the Western Caucus was in Arizona due to a family emergency, but notified constituents that he would have voted for it.