Obama Delays Keystone Decision Again While Jobless Americans Hang in the Balance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today issued the following statement on the State Department’s announcement that it will again delay its decision to approve or deny the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline:

“On a day when many Americans are observing Good Friday and preparing for Easter, the administration took the opportunity to quietly announce yet another Keystone delay despite the five successful environmental reviews of the energy project. The president’s own State Department has said the Keystone pipeline will support more than 40,000 jobs—good jobs the administration has delayed for over five years. It’s disappointing that the president today chose to further pander to his extreme environmental donor base over the 10 million jobless Americans looking for work.”