WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on energy appropriations, today voted to override the president’s veto of legislation passed by Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He released the following statement:
“The Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of jobs for American workers and put our country one step closer to energy independence, and there is no reason for the president to have vetoed it. Our Republican majority allowed nearly double the number of roll call votes on amendments to this bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline legislation than Democrats did in all of 2014, and it stands as proof that Republicans are working to get things done.”
The legislation, introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and cosponsored by Alexander, 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, to be debated and voted on during consideration of the Keystone Pipeline XL bill in January.
Alexander is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is also chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development.