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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Keystone Pipeline Veto

February 25, 2015
Press Release

Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor regarding the President's veto of the Keystone Pipeline:

Mr. Speaker:

    For more than six years, the President has called for taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.  In the first year of his administration, he squandered nearly a trillion dollars on so-called shovel ready projects that he later joked weren’t shovel ready at all. 

    A trillion dollars is $8,000 taken from every family in America on average – that’s what we spent – that’s what he joked about when it turned out we got very little for it.

    Along comes the Keystone Pipeline.  It promised $8 billion of private investment at no cost to taxpayers.  That major infrastructure project would have produced 42,000 construction-related jobs – and when finished, more than a half-million barrels A DAY of Canadian crude oil entering the American economy.      

    That’s what he vetoed, after it was sent to him with bi-partisan votes out of both houses.

    He calls this “middle class economics.”  The reality is, it is a war on the middle class, and that’s no joke.

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