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Our top story tonight the Obama administration's seven announcement rejecting the Keystone Pipeline.
It's a project which started a battle between Republicans and unions on one side of the claim that would create as many as a 100000 jobs.
And Democrats and environmentalists on the other joining me now congressman Tim Griffin from Arkansas.
One of the leading voices in congress on the pipeline pro pipeline.
And he says that pot the fight over the pipeline is far from over congressman welcome tell me what you make of the president's call today.
And thank you for having me welcome.
Whether you look at this from a jobs perspective energy independence.
Or national security.
This is the biggest no brainer that I've seen since I've been in congress.
You know just a start on the jobs issue which I think is the most important one.
What what happened today is the president made a decision.
And he ultimately made a decision to create jobs in Asia or specifically in China.
Instead of the United States and you may say well why are you saying that well.
-- few weeks ago I went down to the Canadian embassy.
And I met with a lot of -- Canadian officials there and we talk specifically about the Keystone Pipeline.
In there were real -- they should look.
We want to do business with the United States you're our friends we have an interest in doing this right here in the North American continent.
If President Obama stopped this pipeline we're gonna continue.
To mind the oil sands.
But we can't -- just.
Lot congressman they're definitely gonna get -- -- to -- the folks in China if we don't play a line.
And we also -- talked Allison Redford in Alberta and she was pretty straightforward about what that country wants to do.
I didn't tell you executed -- in this afternoon that they're gonna re apply but could that make the difference.
You know I think we've got to try every single option we can't -- -- this is a political decision by the president as you referred to earlier.
Republicans and most Americans with the unions on one side -- and you've got the environmental extremists on the other.
And he did not want to have a division in his base.
Citi says I'm just got a pot yeah and Dodd.
You are what I mean -- -- -- respond to something that Jay Carney said today he's saying it's your fault that this that you and all the Republicans in congress.
After this delay in a pipeline listen to Jay Carney.
Sixty days is simply not enough time.
We don't even have an alternate route identified yet so how could anyone possibly review it thoroughly.
In the manner that is expected in this process.
Congressman is at the GOP's fault.
Complete and utter nonsense.
This is been going on for years and here's -- look look back up just a couple of months.
The president took a look at this issue.
It did he say.
Well we're gonna make this decision as quickly as possible and I'm not sure how long it'll take -- he said.
We will make this decision after the election he knew what would be after the election because he was deciding that.
I think if any of us would have been told -- we need an extra week we need an extra month.
Happy to give it if we can get this thing done that as -- that is they weak excuse they've been looking at this for years.
We have been advocating for this.
The Secretary Clinton even said earlier last year that she was leaning toward what what's going -- -- on today is pure politics.
-- politics and let me tell -- an air another area where there's been pure politics.
That's raising of the debt ceiling a lot of hot air today over this resolution of disapproval.
Come on we all know how you guys stand on this how we just wasting time.
Well here here's what I would say that yes this was part of the package.
From last August.
But but at the end of the day the question for the president is.
What have you done since August.
Do you change anything with regard to the debt.
We voted for a budget last year.
Some have called extreme but the truth is it takes decades just to get the balance we voted for that we voted for repairing that Medicare.
-- that are this president has done.
Nothing to address the debt.
And so -- it.
It's a two way street here I mean you know I hate everybody has to be on board I -- get to one other question for you though here -- Warren Buffett.
Warren Buffett saying I will match.
Any congressman's contribution to the nation's debt.
Come on how do you feel about this is this a challenge or what is this how do you read Warren Buffett's offer.
Blood Warren Buffett got a check book out just bullet -- -- And he can he can ride as -- a check as he -- to the federal government today if he thinks that's the place to put his money.
Are at the bunch of -- are you get a pony up any money your congressman.
Among take care of my kids and wife first and then I'll get back to Warren Buffett later.
It's a few extra penny think paying down a lot of the -- if he wanted to.
Congressman thanks for your time really appreciate -- come back okay thank you.
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