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  • Dem Senator Calls Obama’s Keystone Veto Threat Shameful

    Speaking on behalf of both Senate Republicans and Democrats who are about to send Obama a Keystone XL pipeline construction authorization bill, Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he “cannot understand” why the president won’t support the project.

    “The bottom line is that with nine bipartisan Democrats and Republicans working together, all we’re asking for is for him to look at the bill,” Manchin said on Fox Tuesday. “Look at the jobs it creates. Look at the security it gives our nation.”

    A recent Huffington Post poll showed more than 56 percent of Americans say they support building the Keystone pipeline which would transport oil from Canada through the United States to oil refineries in Texas. That number included 40 percent of Democrats who say they are in favor of the pipeline’s construction.

    “It makes us less dependent on foreign oil,” Manchin continued. “We’re buying oil from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. We’re buying oil from Russia every day.” The Keystone pipeline “would diminish this and then we could buy from the friendliest nation we have, Canada.”

    A USA Today survey released in November put approval of the pipeline at 60 percent.

    “This is the first piece of legislation on his desk . . . and he will have to choose between hard working Americans and taxpayers or environmental extremists,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who supports the pipeline.

    “We just want to see it get rejected,”said Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club’s legislative director. “Our work doesn’t end with the veto, we need to make sure votes are there to sustain that veto,”

    “We’ve hit every barrier and I cannot understand for the life of me” why Obama won’t support the bill, Manchin said.

    “We have so many challenges around the world right now. We want to keep america safe. We want to grow this economy. We have a chance to grow the economy,” he said.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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