WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) encouraged his colleagues in the Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline during a speech on the Senate floor.
“The Senate has an opportunity to pass legislation that is a commonsense plan to improve our nation’s energy supply by approving the Keystone XL pipeline,” Boozman said. “This is good news as we work to reduce our dependence on oil from regions of the world that are hostile toward our country and it’s good news for Arkansas.”
Boozman highlighted his visit to Welspun Tubular, a Little Rock company hired to produce the pipe.
“Company officials estimate that 150 jobs will be created just to load pipe onto rail cars for shipment when the project gets the green light. The economic impact has wide reach in Arkansas,” Boozman said.
Boozman has voted to approve the construction of the pipeline at every opportunity in the Senate, most recently in November, when the bill fell one vote short of the sixty votes needed for passage. Boozman has repeatedly urged the administration to stop delaying the permit for construction of Keystone.
The House passed legislation approving the pipeline construction last week.