The Leader Board
Dec 12 2011
Democrats Support The Keystone XL Pipeline, Dismiss President Obama's Rejection Threats As 'A Negotiating Technique'
HOUSE DEM: 'I Commend The Speaker For Including The Construction Of The Keystone XL'
"Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas… counted more than 20 Democrats who would likely support adding the Keystone language to the payroll tax package. And he said he disagreed with Obama's threat. 'Look, I think that'd be a mistake on the president's part,' Ross said. 'That's the kind of economic activity we need. It's a win-win. It reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates jobs here at home.'" ("Dems' Keystone-Payroll Tax Dilemma," Politico, 12/8/11)
REP. DAN BOREN (D-OK): "At a time when many are without work, it is time that we come together in a bi-partisan way to pass this legislation which will create tens of thousands of new jobs. I commend the Speaker for including the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that is supported by business and labor. I also believe that this bill should attract votes from both political parties, because it takes initiatives supported by President Obama including the payroll tax cut extension…" (Rep. Boren, Press Release, 12/12/11)
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "I am for the Keystone pipeline … The Keystone pipeline, we're addicted to oil. I'd rather use oil from my friends in Canada, than I would from the Middle East, that sounds good." Q: "The President says he's going to veto that though." MANCHIN: "Well, we'll see. I'm mean, all the trade unions, everyone's for it, it creates thousands of jobs!" (Fox News, 12/12/11)
Obama 'Ally… Suggesting The President Could Back Down'
REP. GENE GREEN (D-TX): "For the president, that's a negotiating technique. And if you issue that veto threat, you better live through it. Because the next one then nobody will believe you if you don't… But that doesn't give me any pause." ("Dems' Keystone-Payroll Tax Dilemma," Politico, 12/8/11)
REP. EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO): "The president never said 'I will veto (the pipeline deal),' so I don't know the strategy in the White House right now…" ("Dem Rep. Says Obama Might Walk-Back Pipeline Veto Threat," The Hill, 12/9/11)
- "'I think everybody understands that you get the best deal you can,' said Representative Emanuel Cleaver, an ally of Obama, apparently suggesting the president could back down." ("Obama, Republicans In Annual Festive Showdown," AFP, 12/11/11)
Q: "I'm interested to know why you won't just issue a veto threat on that." JAY CARNEY: "The President said - I think the President's language was pretty clear about what he would accept and what he would reject. And this just goes right back to adding extraneous, ideological elements –" Q: "Can we just take that as a veto threat, then?" CARNEY: "Well, I personally don't issue veto threats, I don't have a statement of administration policy…" (White House Press Briefing, 12/9/11)
DEMS: 'Mr. President, America Needs The Keystone XL Pipeline'
47 House Democrats voted for H.R.1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, which states in part: "the President shall issue a final order granting or denying the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline." (H.R.1938, Roll Call Vote #650, Bill Passed 279-147: R 232-3; D 47-144, 7/26/11)
"America truly cannot afford to say 'no' to this privately funded, $20 billion, jobs-creating infrastructure project, which would bolster our economic, energy and national security. To that end, we respectfully urge you to ensure that the Presidential Permit is issued for Keystone XL." (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
- "…Mr. President, America needs the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is in our national interest to have a Presidential Permit issued for Keystone XL as soon as possible." (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
- "The Department of State's Final Environmental Impact Statement reaffirmed the findings of the two previous environmental impact statements, namely, that the Keystone XL Pipeline will have no significant impact on the environment." (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
- "…not only would the Keystone XL Pipeline bolster America's economy, but it also would help strengthen our country's energy and national security…" (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
- "With job growth an ongoing struggle for our country, the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline represents a true shovel-ready project that would directly create 20,000 high quality domestic manufacturing and construction jobs for Americans who are desperately seeking employment. The project would also create an additional 118,000 spin-off jobs." (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
Rep. Jason Altmire, (D-PA), Rep. Joe Baca, (D-CA), Rep. John Barrow, (D-GA), Rep. Dan Boren, (D-OK), Rep. Leonard Boswell, (D-IA), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Jim Costa, (D-CA), Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-TX), Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, (D-TX), Rep. Al Green, (D-TX), Rep. Gene Green, (D-TX), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, (D-TX), Rep. Tim Holden, (D-PA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX), Rep. Daniel Lipinski, (D-IL), Rep. Tim Matheson, (D-UT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, (D-NY), Rep. Bill Owens, (D-NY), Rep. Collin Peterson, (D-MN), Rep. Mike Ross, (D-AR), Rep. Peter Visclosky, (D-IN)
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): "We need to put Montanans back to work and cannot afford further delays to the Keystone XL pipeline…" ("Baucus, Tester Support Keystone XL, But Not GOP Bill," KTVQ News, 11/30/11)
SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): "The Keystone pipeline will create Montana jobs and it should not have to wait 14 months for an up-or-down decision…" ("Baucus, Tester Support Keystone XL, But Not GOP Bill," KTVQ News, 11/30/11)
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "It's truly a godsend for America to have that supply from a neighbor that is friendly… I can assure you (the Canadian oil) is going to be used somewhere in the world, if it's not used in the U.S." ("Democratic Senator Blasts Obama Energy Policy, Says It's 'Bouncing Around Like A Ping Pong Bill'," The Houston Chronicle, 6/8/11)
SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): "The pipeline will be built, bringing jobs to Nebraska." ("TransCanada To Alter Keystone Route," The Hill, 11/14/11)
SENS. MARK BEGICH (D-AK), MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA) & MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): "…we write today in support of the Keystone XL Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline, a project that the Department of State has been considering under a Presidential Permit application since 2008. Now more than ever, it is critical that this country move forward with this project." ("Media Advisory - Fourteen U.S. Senators Urge Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline," TransCanada, 3/16/11)
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