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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Comstock Votes For Keystone XL

January 9, 2015
Press Release
Legislation Passes House In A Bi-Partisan Vote

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on the passage of The Keystone XL Pipeline Act.  This legislation passed the House today by a vote of 266-153-1:  

“The Keystone XL Pipeline Act is about good-paying jobs and energy security. That’s why Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as unions like the Teamsters and LIUNA, plus the Tea Party, and Chamber of Commerce all support this important project.  I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this job-creating piece of legislation and the President to sign it so we can get more Americans back to work and move forward on energy security.”

The Keystone XL Pipeline Act would approve the TransCanada’s application to construct the pipeline, as reflected in its May 2012 State Department submission. The legislation provides that the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued by the State Department in January 2014 shall fully satisfy: All requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; and any other provision of law that requires federal agency consultation or review.  The legislation also keeps in effect any previously-issued federal permit concerning this pipeline; Provides that except for review in the Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over any legal challenge; and Continues to protect the rights of private property owners that may be affected by the pipelines route. This legislation is supported by LIUNA, Teamsters, US Chamber, and the Washington Post.