U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3 to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:
"House Republicans have wasted the last four years focused solely on the Keystone XL pipeline project at the expense of long term improvements to our country. I have been on record in support of the pipeline and I still support its construction but I will not play into political shenanigans. Today was another political stunt without adopting a simple amendment to ensure oil sands production contributes to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund paying for cleanup costs associated with potential oil spills.
Congress needs to have a serious conversation about investing in our aging infrastructure in Colorado and across the country to improve the movement of goods and better connect businesses to their consumers. I hope the Administration makes the decision soon so we can put this issue behind us and focus on new innovative ways to invest in infrastructure and develop all forms of American energy in the 114th Congress."