WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement commending President Trump’s executive action paving the way for the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I’m glad President Trump is wasting no time turning the page on eight years of the Obama administration’s failed energy policies,” Blunt said. “The Keystone XL pipeline will pump 800,000 barrels of oil a day to the United States, creating new American jobs and bolstering our energy security. This project has long had the backing of the majority of Americans. We finally have an administration that is putting their priorities ahead of a political agenda driven by far-left special interests. I’m encouraged by this first step toward an all-of-the-above energy policy, and I’ll continue backing energy projects that will create jobs and lower costs for families and small businesses in Missouri and across the nation.”

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The Keystone XL (KXL) Project is a proposed 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. Supporters say this pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the economic strength and energy security of the United States.