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Congressman Mo Brooks Cosponsors Bill to Authorize Job-Generating Keystone XL Pipeline

February 3, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) is a cosponsor of Congressman Kelly Armstrong’s (ND-AL) H.R. 684, a simple bill to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Congressman Brooks said, “President Joe Biden’s inauguration day revocation of the Keystone XL permit is a gut punch to America.[1] To kill badly-needed jobs and undermine national security and American energy independence at a time when American families are struggling is downright cruel. America saw a 3.5% decline in GDP in 2020.[2] That’s worse than the 2.5% fall experienced in 2009 in the midst of the financial crisis.[3] And, what does Joe Biden do? He puts Americans out of work and further batters our economy. Such is life when Joe Biden puts ‘America Last’ and climate-alarmist environmental groups dictate policy.”

Brooks continued, “A State Department study commissioned during the Obama Administration determined Keystone XL would create 3,900 temporary construction jobs directly, 42,000 additional jobs indirectly, and generate over $2 billion in wages.[4] That’s a massive economic stimulus for the communities surrounding the pipeline. Not to mention, Keystone XL makes America less reliant on oil from unstable Middle Eastern countries that are often America’s geopolitical foes. With Keystone XL, America doesn’t have to risk as much blood and treasure defending the Straits of Hormuz shipping lanes we rely on for Middle Eastern oil. Rather, we would grow closer in our alliance with America’s longtime friend to the north.”

Brooks concluded, “It is unfathomably irresponsible for Joe Biden to cower to climate-alarmists and kill jobs when Americans are suffering from mayor and governor imposed economically-illiterate lockdowns. I encourage Joe Biden to reverse his decision for the sake of the thousands of American he put out of work and the sake of America’s struggling economy.”

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[1] https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/

[2] https://abc7chicago.com/us-economy-shrank-gdp-2020-growth-markets/10093345/#:~:text=US%20economy%20shrank%203.5%25%20in%202020%2C%20deepest%20setback%20since%201946&text=President%20Joe%20Biden%20signs%20executive%20orders%20that%20address%20the%20economic%20crisis.&text=The%20estimated%20drop%20in%20GDP,followed%20the%202008%20financial%20crisis.

[3] Id.

[4] https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/27/news/economy/trump-keystone-jobs/index.html

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