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House Republicans are sick and tired of waiting for the president degree might -- keystone XL pipeline later tonight.
The house is voting on a bill that would eliminate the presidential approval process and get the ball rolling on the final pipeline construction.
But even if it passes the president said he's just gonna veto it so why are lawmakers wasting time pushing for a bill.
It's destined to be dead on arrival what is the future of the Keystone Pipeline congressman -- Chairman of the house natural resources committee.
Thanks for being here.
What the white did visit the president has promised to veto it.
Well you know that we are here to try to advance America's agenda creating jobs.
And energy jobs are good paying jobs there's no question about that.
But there's -- national security aspect of having our energy come from North America so those two things intertwined very well.
Well there's no question that the Keystone Pipeline is popular with Americans.
Across the political -- I mean -- organize labor for example is very much in favor.
Congressman you you have us -- all these points anymore right there with fewer and more worried about the fact that the president has has pledged to Vito based on arrival.
So so why -- push it through this way is there more as they are more effective way.
Welcome bill bill -- -- -- the -- the president can end this right now by agreeing to build the Keystone Pipeline mean he can do is within his hands.
The fact is we've waited nearly five years and he hasn't done anything.
So this is it means by which to put political pressure on him is no question about it.
So you think it adds pressure even though he has promised to be -- you think that if you do get it that far.
It would pressure have but then people say it's not gonna get through the senate either.
Well there is a bullet on there have been votes in the senate.
And there has been as many as 62 senators that have voted in favor of keystone pipeline and as you know filibuster can be beaten by sixty -- So there's 62 that are already on record.
It into him in the past to be in in favor of -- But let's see if they -- -- about American jobs mean the president talks about this all the time.
But this is one right at his fingertips.
So we're trying to apply that pressure so that we can build a keystone pipeline and do what we instead the Keystone Pipeline would do.
Create jobs and make -- more energy secure.
Opponents say that it's just a way for Canada to export its its oil.
-- another country what do you think about that what.
Believe it may mean oil -- and for -- -- thinks that crude oil is a worldwide commodity product but keep in mind.
This this pipeline that the block and all everything that's happening now up in you know and Montana and and in North Dakota they can tap into this high -- so we can now get American.
Crude into this -- playing now if it goes overseas diagonal -- on the free trader that's fine.
But for goodness sakes I think it'll probably a lot of -- -- up here in the United States the volatility in the other parts of the world.
Does not establish in my point of view certainly to have been you know a product that you can refine and put on the market.
So while I admit crude oil is is a worldwide.
A -- Have it here in north American and more likely is gonna go to North America.
How do you think he win -- Democrats were opposed to -- I know they they it's not all of them.
And a lot of people understand what this would mean for consumers.
For jobs for our economy.
What how do you think you win over the people who are on the fence.
On this and I think -- -- a lot of Democrats that would probably be with this we're not for the political pressure coming from the environmental laughs and of course trying to support your president.
I give a lot of credit to the Democrats.
They -- supported efforts that have come out of my committee in the past as far as offshore drilling and onshore drilling.
So we'll have bipartisan support on this.
He's just too bad that we did -- hand political posturing on the other side makes it tough for a lot of people would come on board that probably would be there.
Just between you and me.
Is there something you could trade.
Well little bit you know there there there comes a time between you and meaningless and that you have to do the right thing.
And I think the right thing to do here is to build the Keystone Pipeline are right here -- Mark -- thanks for coming on my pleasure Spencer.
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