WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that he introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

It has been more than 6 years since the Keystone XL pipeline’s application was first submitted to the U.S. State Department. The House has passed legislation 8 times to authorize building the pipeline. The Senate is yet to consider any Keystone legislation on the Senate floor.

Dr. Cassidy offered the following statement:

"The House has passed legislation to expedite the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline eight times. The Senate did not consider any of the eight. I will now pass a bill identical to the bill the Senate is said to consider to push this issue forward. If the Senate also passes the bill it can go straight to the President's desk for signature. It is easy to wonder if the Senate is only considering this because of politics, even so, I hope the Senate and the President do the right thing and pass this legislation creating thousands of jobs. When I'm on the Senate Energy Committee next year, I will work to ensure the President follows the law and allows the construction of this pipeline."

Read the Cassidy bill, H.R. 5682, here.