Republican lawmakers are planning a mix of public pressure and member-to-member schmoozing to build traction for including the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a final transportation programs bill.
The House-approved transportation programs bill authorizes construction of the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline. The Senate’s plan omits the measure, but GOP senators want it included in a compromise package and will make the case in upcoming bicameral talks.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), in a statement Wednesday evening, ripped Democrats for “obstruction,” citing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) stance against including the pipeline in the bill.
“Every day that President Obama and Senate Democrat leaders continue their blockade of Keystone XL is another day of unemployment for thousands of construction and manufacturing workers and another day of delay in bolstering U.S. energy security with oil from a friendly neighbor,” he said.