(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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                          KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

  (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to 
address the House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, during the 2013 State of 
the Union address, President Obama stated that every day we must ask 
ourselves: How do we attract more jobs to our shore? And how do we make 
sure that the hard work leads to a decent living? Well, 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, this administration has delayed 
  It's 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 shore.