Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), released the following statement following the Senate’s vote on Monday to take up legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“I want to thank members of Congress – again – for their bipartisan vote in favor of finally building the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama, it’s time to stop being an obstacle to this commonsense, job-creating project.
“Today’s Senate vote shows that the debate over Keystone is over everywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Both the American public and their elected representatives resoundingly support this important piece of energy infrastructure, and any remaining legal obstacles to the pipeline’s construction fell with last week’s decision by Nebraska’s Supreme Court.
“President Obama should reconsider his ill-conceived threat to veto the legislation that will soon be sent to him by Congress, and stop playing politics with our nation’s energy infrastructure.”