House Passes Bill to Speed Up Keystone XL Pipeline
CREATED May. 22, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 241-175-1 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill HR3 which makes presidential approval unnecessary for construction of the northern part of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline would span from Canada to Texas and would go through Nebraska.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill.
The U.S. State Department has studied the pipeline for five years. Supporters say the bill, sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, is needed to ensure the long-delayed pipeline is built. Terry called the project "the most studied pipeline in the history of mankind."
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., called the bill a "reckless attempt to avoid environmental review."
The bill now goes to the Senate.