WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of S.1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline:  

“The president’s veto of the Keystone jobs bill is a national embarrassment.  It’s embarrassing when Russia and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can’t get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground.  The president is just too close to environmental extremists to stand up for America’s workers.  He’s too invested in left-fringe politics to do what presidents are called on to do, and that’s put the national interest first. 

“For the president, Keystone may just be today’s politics, but there are workers and unions who have spent years counting on the 42,000 jobs this project will support.  There are small business owners counting on the promise and opportunities this project will bring to their towns.  There are governors in both parties counting on the revenue and growth this project will bring to their states.  There are manufacturers clamoring for the development of North America’s resources.  And there’s an overwhelming majority of Americans who want us to put politics aside and get this done. 

“So we are not going to give up in our efforts to get this pipeline built – not even close.  We pledged to make the people’s priorities our priorities, and we will keep working every day to deliver on that commitment.”