WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took the Obama administration to task for stonewalling on questions surrounding its review of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Boehner reiterated his call for President Obama to sign legislation approving the job-creating project when it reaches his desk, and discussed steps the House is taking to help create jobs and boost wages for middle-class families.  Following are Boehner’s remarks:

“Our focus continues to be on the people’s priorities, which means more jobs and higher wages.  Our economy has certainly shown some signs of progress, but most families aren’t seeing this improvement in their day-to-day lives.  That’s why we’ve already passed bills to: build the Keystone pipeline, which would create, according to the State Department, up to 42,000 jobs; expand natural gas exports, which would create 45,000 new jobs; help small businesses hire more veterans; and restore the 40-hour workweek to help get people working full-time again.

“And while Republicans continue to focus squarely on jobs and the economy, the Democrats are dragging their feet. 

“When Secretary Kerry was sworn in, he guaranteed – and he used that word, ‘guaranteed’ – a fair, transparent and accountable review of the Keystone pipeline.  But now, the State Department is stonewalling and refusing to answer basic questions about its review.  I am calling on Secretary Kerry to address this issue, and immediately deliver the transparency and accountability that he promised the American people.

“The Keystone pipeline is going to mean tens of thousands of American jobs, and we’ll soon put this bipartisan bill approving this project on the president’s desk.  He should reconsider his veto, and sign this jobs bill.”