Diane Black

One-Minute of the Week- Feb. 2, 2015

Diane Black
February 13, 2015— Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Speaker, In the President's state of the union address, he declared the need for 21st century infrastructure. With today's legislation complete, the Keystone Pipeline, we are offering him an infrastructure bill that would create jobs, and promote energy security. In this study, from the president's own state department, says that Keystone will create about 42,000 jobs, and generate about two billion dollars in earnings. All while imposing a negligible environmental impact. This project has been waiting for approval for more than 2,300 days. The Nebraska Supreme Court struck down the challenge against it, fifty-eight percent of Americans said they support it, and a bipartisan majority in both the chambers of congress approved it. I urge the president to listen to the will of his constituents and if nothing else, maybe read the reports from his own administration. The excuses have run out. It's time to build. I yield back the balance of my time.