Moolenaar Votes for Building the Keystone Pipeline

February 11, 2015
Press Release

Today, Representative John Moolenaar (R-Midland) voted in support of Senate Bill 1 to build the Keystone Pipeline. The bill passed 270 to 152, with bipartisan support. The bill has passed both chambers of Congress and now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature.

"The Keystone pipeline helps secure our country's energy independence and supports jobs without raising taxes or adding to our debt. There is broad bipartisan support for this legislation and the president should sign it," said Moolenaar.

Moolenaar spoke on the House Floor during debate. The text of the speech is below. Here is a link to video of his speech:

Rep. Moolenaar's Floor Speech on the Keystone Pipeline

Mr. Speaker,

It's time to build the Keystone Pipeline. 

Building Keystone will create jobs, expand economic opportunity and provide our country with energy from a reliable trading partner. It is estimated that the pipeline will carry more than 30 million gallons of oil per day, and the State Department has concluded the pipeline is the safest way to transport it to market. 

Keystone will support job creation by moving oil to American refineries where American workers will process it. Thousands of products using refined oil are manufactured and purchased by Americans every day, and this pipeline has potential to make those products less expensive.

The House has passed Keystone policy time and again. Ten times in fact, the House has stood with American workers and consumers. 

Today, we stand with hard-working Americans looking for good-paying jobs.

Today, we stand with American consumers who will see more of their hard-earned money go further at the gas pump.

Keystone helps secure our country's energy independence, lowers energy costs for every American and supports jobs without raising taxes or adding to our debt. 

It's time to pass this bill, and I urge my colleagues to vote yes.

I yield back.