Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline plan. (Photo: CSpan)
The following is a release from Senator Mark Pryor's office:
WASHINGTON D.C. - After nearly five years of study and a fourth favorable State Department environmental review indicating "no significant impact to the environment," Thursday U.S. Senator Mark Pryor signed on to bipartisan legislation that would give Congress the authority to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.
"The route has been approved and the studies have been completed. The President has been sitting on this valuable opportunity for far too long," Pryor said. "Our bill gives Congress the authority it needs to move forward with this vital project and create jobs here at home."
The bill would approve the 1,700-mile, high-tech project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. Last year, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirmed Congress's constitutional authority to approve the project. Leading the bill are Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Max Baucus (D-MT). Joining Pryor as cosponsors are Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joe Manchin (D-WV) Mary Landrieu (D-LA), David Vitter (R-LA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), James Risch (R-ID), Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Barrasso (R-WY).