Editor's Note: On Thursday at 12;34 p.m., the NUVO News Desk received the following news release from Sen. Joe Donnelly's office:
Donnelly Supports Bipartisan Bill That Would Green-Light Keystone XL Pipeline
Legislation would give Congressional approval to pipeline, end delay from Obama Administration
** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **
May 1, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Donnelly today announced his support for new bipartisan legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without requiring a permit from President Obama to move forward. Earlier this month, the Obama Administration announced plans to indefinitely extend the government's review of the pipeline.
Donnelly said, "I'm supporting this bipartisan bill because it would enable Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, ending the long delay. This legislation is simple: If Congress passes legislation to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline, this project will move ahead. I have long been a strong supporter of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline and will continue to push for its approval because of its potential to create jobs and improve our energy and national security."
The legislation was introduced today by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and has the backing of 56 Democrats and Republicans. Donnelly's support for the bill follows the April 10, 2014, letter that Donnelly and ten of his Senate colleagues sent to President Obama a letter calling on the President to make a final decision no later than May 31, 2014, on the Keystone XL pipeline permit application. To read the letter, click here
Donnelly believes a strong energy economy is at the foundation of our potential for economic success and has advocated for an all-in approach to energy production as part of his Opportunity Agenda. Learn more about Donnelly's Opportunity Agenda here