The House voted for the ninth time on the Keystone XL pipeline project. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) again voted PRESENT. He explains his vote on a previous occasion:
“I voted present on H R 3, Northern Route Approval Act. The Keystone XL pipeline is a private project owned by TransCanada Corporation. This bill improperly exempts TransCanada Corporation—and no other company—from laws that require pipeline owners and operators to obtain certain government permits and approvals.”
Rep. Amash goes on to say that laws ought to apply equally to all.
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) explains his NO vote:
Today the House considered H.R. 5682, legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. H.R. 5682 was introduced on Wednesday and it has not gone through the committee process. Despite this, H.R. 5682 was subject to a rule, which means that it passed by a simple majority vote instead of the 2/3 usually required when a bill does not go through regular order. The Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil over the Canadian border through parts of the U.S. to the Gulf Coast. The project requires a whole host of approvals, particularly because it would cross an international border. I think it is obvious from the nature of the project that it merits a significant environmental review and should be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). H.R. 5682 basically exempts the Keystone XL Pipeline from permitting requirements. There is no need to rush this pipeline project through. The review process is ongoing and should continue. Furthermore, exempting this project from existing requirements sets a troubling precedent for the future. –Rep. Capuano D-MA, who voted NO.
Rep. Reed voted AYE on HR-5682 to approve the proposed Keystone pipeline. One wonders why–should Congress be picking winners? Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY, explains his vote:
Today we voted in support of H.R 5682, a bill that will require the executive branch to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline through the central U.S. The House of Representatives took another step forward on a critical infrastructure project that will create over 42,000 fair jobs, that American consumers and workers will benefit from, lower energy costs and provide reliable and affordable North American energy.–Tom Reed who voted AYE,
All Republicans voted AYE except for Rep. Amash who voted Present. All but 31 Democrats voted NO. Who are the conservatives–Rep. Capuano who, wanting to go slow, voted NO, Rep. Amash who abstained, or all the Republicans including Rep. Reed who, wanting to make haste, voted AYE? How many who voted AYE were corrupted by campaign money?
© William Hungerford – November 2014