A vote is scheduled in the House this week on Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-NE) bill (H.R. 3), which clears the roadblocks delaying Keystone XL -- and more and more labor unions are coming out in full support of it.
The AFL-CIO Building & Construction Trades Department “emphatically” supports Keystone, noting that the “economic, energy security and national security benefits” are “too important to allow it to be delayed any longer.” Read their letter to Congress here:
Then there’s the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which says Keystone XL will “contribute to enhanced energy security, economic prosperity, and, of critical importance, the creation of good paying jobs.” Here’s their letter:
Both join several other unions, including the Laborers’ International Union of North America which said Keystone “is not just a pipeline; it is, in fact, a lifeline.”
And the International Union of Operating Engineers said its members are “hungry for work” and H.R. 3 will “unlock the jobs” the Keystone project will create.
H.R. 3 is a key part of the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs. The $7 billion private-sector Keystone XL pipeline:
- Will “create over 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs”;
- Will “carry nearly a million additional barrels per day of secure North American oil supplies to U.S. refineries”; and
- Is supported by workers and employers, a bipartisan coalition in Congress, editorial boards, and a majority of the American people.