Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the fourth ranking Republican in the Senate, delivers today's Weekly GOP Address.
He covered many topics, including the payroll extension legislation that includes a provision that compels President Obama to make a decision within 60 days on whether to approve the building the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Here at home, Republicans are working on legislation that will make it easier and cheaper for the private sector to create jobs for all Americans," Barrasso said.
"For example, the creation of the Keystone Pipeline — a shovel-ready American energy project. It will create as many as 20,000 construction jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs and it will strengthen our nation’s energy security."
"Keystone would allow us to transport 700,000 barrels of oil a day from our northern neighbor Canada to refineries in the United States," he added. "Having a steady source of energy from our friend and ally here would make us less dependent on energy from the volatile Middle East—and that is good for America."
Easy right? Not with our president. "But the President has threatened to veto this bill," Barrasso explained, "because the pipeline is opposed by a number of extreme environmental groups."
Report from the bloggers' conference call with Sen. Barrasso on building the Keystone XL pipeline and jobs
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