Alexander, Corker Vote for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

Press release from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; January 29, 2015:

Says Open Amendment Process Under Republican Majority Serves as Model for How to Fix No Child Left Behind, Simplify Student Aid, Repair the Damage of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the Republican majority’s decision to allow more roll call votes on amendments than Democrats did in all of 2014 is proof Republicans are working “to get things done.”

“This legislation creates thousands of jobs, moves our country one step closer to energy independence and shows the American people that we are working to build a consensus and get things done,” Alexander said. “Our Republican majority has allowed nearly double the number roll call votes on amendments to this Keystone XL pipeline legislation than Democrats did on legislation in all of 2014, which is proof the Senate is back to work and dealing with important issues, just as the American people expect.”

Alexander continued, “It’s disappointing the Obama administration has said the president will veto this legislation before he even sees it in its final form, and after six years of delay and a Senate debate that has allowed a new level of bipartisanship, I hope he will reconsider. Now we should go on and fix No Child Left Behind, simplify the student aid form so more students can take advantage of Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, repair the damage of Obamacare and work to solve the other major problems that the American people elected the Republican majority to deal with in November.”

The legislation, introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and cosponsored by Alexander and all other members of the Republican majority and six Democrats, would allow TransCanada to construct, connect, operate and maintain the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate’s majority leader, allowed dozens of amendments pertaining to a range of issues, including energy and the economy.

Press release from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; January 29, 2015:

Senator Commends Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for Restoring Regular Order in the Senate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after voting for S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 36. First proposed more than six years ago, the pipeline would have the capacity to transport more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Several Obama administration reports have found that construction of the pipeline will have no significant environmental impact along the proposed route.

“There is no logical reason not to build the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Corker. “I’m pleased the Senate passed this legislation that will create jobs, generate economic growth and advance our nation’s energy security. I hope the president will reconsider his decision to veto this bipartisan bill and demonstrate to the American people that Washington can work together to move our country forward.”

Corker, a cosponsor of the bill, also commended Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his efforts to restore regular order in the Senate by allowing debate and votes on amendments from both Republicans and Democrats on the first bill considered in the new Congress.

“Under Senator McConnell’s leadership, the new Republican Senate has shown that it will allow all voices to be heard so members can represent the people of their states and take the votes we were sent here to take.”

The Senate held more than 40 roll call votes on amendments during consideration of S.1, offered by both Republicans and Democrats. Only 15 roll call votes on amendments were recorded in all of 2014.