Lummis, Senate Republicans Introduce Bill to Expose Keystone Pipeline Job Loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), along with 10 of her Senate Republican colleagues, this week introduced the Defending Keystone Jobs Act, which would require a Department of Labor report to Congress detailing the number of jobs lost as a result of the Biden administration’s move to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Lummis joins Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), who introduced the bill, and Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

“Over the past decade, the United States has become a global leader in energy production while cutting our carbon emissions,” said Senator Lummis. “Wyoming has been at the forefront of that effort, and President Biden is eroding this success by attacking American energy independence at every turn. We should know the true cost of President Biden’s political move to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.” 

On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order revoking the construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The project was expected to provide some 11,000 high-paying jobs directly, and up to 60,000 other jobs, while strengthening North American energy independence.

The Biden administration’s Keystone decision stands in stark contrast with its move to waive sanctions on the company constructing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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