"Mr. Speaker: During the 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama stated that every day we must ask ourselves, and I quote: "How do we attract more jobs to our shores? ... And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?" end of quote.
This week the House considered and passed H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Despite estimates showing thousands of new jobs resulting from the project, the Administration has delayed approval.
Despite the Democrat-led Senate passing an amendment recommending its approval, the Administration has delayed approval.
Despite an environmental review process that has been more rigorous than similar previously approved projects, the Administration has delayed approval.
Despite two-thirds of Americans favoring its approval, the Administration has delayed approval.
It's past time for the President to move from asking the jobs question to answering it. He can do so by ending the bureaucratic delays blocking approval of Keystone XL and moving forward with this vital project that will bring thousands of high-paying jobs to America's shores.
I yield back.