March 08, 2012

Manchin Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline, Create American Jobs

Manchin also votes to prevent EPA from prematurely shuttering power plants, killing thousands of jobs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today for several amendments to the Surface Transportation Bill that would boost the economy, create jobs and help the country better use all of our vast energy resources.

Senator Manchin cosponsored S.A.1537, an amendment to authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, creating thousands of American construction jobs that both business and labor groups have supported. The amendment, offered by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), cites Congress’s authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8.

“The Keystone XL pipeline simply makes sense,” Senator Manchin said. “I can’t understand why we would pass up an opportunity to buy oil from our greatest ally and trading partner, Canada – especially because if we don’t buy it, China will. Building the Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs that Americans need and help keep energy costs at prices that Americans can afford. I have said that the only way we will ever truly get gas prices under control is with an energy policy that uses everything we’ve got, and the Keystone XL pipeline is a very important part of that equation.”

Senator Manchin also voted for the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, S.A. 1660, an amendment that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from prematurely shuttering industrial plants and destroying thousands of jobs. The amendment directs the EPA to rewrite the Boiler MACT Rule so that the standards are realistic and so that companies that want to do business in America can. The amendment also requires the EPA to give businesses enough time to comply with the new regulation. It is estimated that the EPA’s Boiler MACT ruling will put thousands of jobs at risk and cost industry billions of dollars.