Cotton to Obama and Pryor: “Time To Act On Keystone XL Pipeline”

If the President and Senate Democrats are serious about creating jobs, it’s time to move forward

Little Rock, Arkansas —

Following a State Department report that found the Keystone XL pipeline would not worsen climate change, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton called on President Obama and Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, to stop delaying a project that experts say would provide a boon to the U.S. economy.

Rep. Cotton said: “Last week, President Obama told us this year would be a ‘year of action.’ After five years of doing nothing on the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s past time that he and Senate Democrats approve a project that will create jobs and move us toward energy independence.”

Cotton campaign manager Justin Brasell noted that Senator Pryor has been part of the problem: “Senator Mark Pryor has empowered Harry Reid and Barack Obama every step of the way by voting with them at least 90% of the time. We won’t get conservative, job creating policies until we elect a conservative Senate. Job creation and energy independence and priorities for Arkansas, and we need a Senator who will fight for us on these issues.”

While experts predict the Keystone XL pipeline would create 42,000 jobs, President Obama and Harry Reid continue to block the proposal. If Senator Mark Pryor wants to help create good-paying American jobs, he should start by demanding a vote in the Senate to approve the construction of this pipeline.


President Obama’s Own State Department Says The Keystone XL Pipeline Would Not Worsen Climate Change. “A long-awaited environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline released Friday by the State Department found the project would have a negligible impact on climate change, bolstering the case for the controversial project as it heads to the White House for a decision on its construction.” (Neela Banerjee, “State Dept.: Keystone XL would have little impact on climate change,” Los Angeles Times, 1/31/14)