Sen. Murkowski Statement on President Obama’s Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today criticized President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1), legislation that would approve the cross-border permit allowing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Today, President Obama said no to job creation, no to new energy infrastructure, no to affordable energy, and no to greater North American energy security. With his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama turned his back on hard-working Americans, hard-working families, and the businesses that grow our nation’s economy. ” Murkowski said. “This veto was a short-sighted, politically-driven mistake. It is a failure of leadership because America needs energy and infrastructure.”

The president’s veto of S.1 comes nearly two weeks after the House approved the Senate-passed bipartisan legislation.