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O’Sullivan Appeals for Senate Vote on KXL Approval

“Voters Deserve to Know Where Their Representatives Stand”

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2014) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – made the following statement on the bipartisan bill introduced by Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican Senator John Hoeven authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"We commend Sens. Landrieu and Hoeven for putting forth a bill to unlock construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Americans deserve to know where their elected officials stand on this important energy infrastructure project that will help move the nation toward energy independence while unlocking thousands of well-paying construction jobs.


“The needless delay of the pipeline has done nothing to stop development of Canadian oil sands crude but has put the safety of Americans at risk by forcing the oil onto other, more dangerous, methods of transporting energy resources.


“Continued fixation on the project also distracts from the pressing challenge of fighting for real solutions for global warming – comprehensive climate change legislation."