Obama Threatens Veto Of Keystone XL, Going Against The American People
Without even seeing the legislation, Obama has made his position clear
(The Hill) The White House said on Tuesday that President Obama would veto legislation that approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline if it passes Congress.
“If this bill passes this Congress the president wouldn’t sign it either,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest vowed Tuesday of the pending Keystone legislation.
There are 60 cosponsors of legislation in the Senate, meaning many Democrats are planning to vote for it. It will certainly pass in the House.
Earnest, though, said the president will not stray from the ongoing review process. He cited litigation in Nebraska over the pipeline’s route as the key reason behind Obama’s decision to not sign Keystone legislation.
He’s been putting this off for years, despite multiple approvals by his own State Department. He’s been delaying it for over 5 years, giving one excuse or another, along with other periods where he just ignores the issue. This goes against the will of the American public, who have said again and again that the pipeline should be built. The most recent poll was back in November, where a USA Today poll found that 60% said Congress and Obama should approve Keystone XL.
Keystone XL has become a cause celebre amongst Progressives, who despise the pipeline. Yet, they ignore the many other pipelines that are being and have been built during the same time period. Most needed approval by the Obama administration, and received it. The Winnipeg Sun has called Obama a hypocrite. This is all about Progressive political optics, not reality.