Posted: Feb 12, 2012 7:11 PM by David Jay (KTVQ Billings)
Updated: Feb 13, 2012 9:13 AM
BILLINGS- Congressman Denny Rehberg joined other House members on legislation to quickly approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Rehberg says the "Energizing America Through Employment Act" would add thousands of jobs and 1,200 in Montana.
The Republican says President Obama is putting off a decision until after the elections.
"That's putting politics before good policy," Rehberg said. "We need the pipeline. We need the infrastructure. We need the energy independence and the only way you can do that is the jobs that are created by the pipeline, and allowing us to put our Bakken formation oil on that pipeline and (Governor Brian Schweitzer) did a great job negotiating that on-ramp."
Rehberg says the bill would provide immediate Congressional approval to begin construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline in states outside of Nebraska.
While not asked about this bill, Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus have expressed support for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the past