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The House Energy & Commerce Committee today approved the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), legislation by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) that clears the way for construction of the popular Keystone XL pipeline.

Keystone XL has already been delayed for more than four years, and there remain a number of bureaucratic and legal hurdles even if the president approves the project. H.R. 3 clears those roadblocks.

According to the Energy & Commerce committee, “Similar legislation was necessary in 1973 to achieve construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline after facing many of the same challenges.”

And “just as the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline was a game changer in the 1970s, the Keystone XL project will be a game changer in our pursuit of North American energy independence,” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Keystone will create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make gas prices and energy more affordable, and it has broad bipartisan support in Washington and among the American people.

Learn more about the Northern Route Approval Act here and about the Keystone XL pipeline here.