WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Orrin Hatch released the following statement Thursday upon passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act:
“I am pleased the Senate passed this common-sense infrastructure bill, which will create jobs and move us towards energy independence. The bill is a critical step in resolving a long delay that the Obama administration created. Going forward, I’m eager to work toward far-reaching reforms that would make our regulatory system more effective. I am also glad the Senate was able to reach bipartisan consensus through regular order and an open amendment process. This is a first step in restoring the Senate as a truly great deliberative body.”
Earlier this month, Hatch spoke from the Senate Floor about the need to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. He said:
At the end of the day, the Keystone pipeline and so many other bureaucratic failures demonstrate that the regulatory process is broken. It should not take years and years navigating the federal bureaucracy only to have the government decide not to make a decision. Here in this new Congress, we are focused on helping create jobs and getting our economy back on the right track, which is why regulatory reform will be a key art of our agenda over the next two years. I hope the President will change his mind and join us not only in approving this important project, but also in preventing similar abuses from occurring in the future.
You can find a video of the full speech here.
Sen. Hatch has been a strong supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline, having voted in favor of every bill that would allow construction on the pipeline to move forward. Sen. Hatch has long been an advocate for increasing domestic energy production in the United States and supports an all-of-the-above approach to our nation’s energy development. As Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus Subcommittee on Public Lands, Sen. Hatch continues to promote our country’s energy infrastructure, as well as work for greater access to and development of our vast domestic natural resources.
Submitted by the Offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch
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