Sen. Whitehouse Statement on Keystone Vote

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a strong opponent of the pipeline who voted no on the bill, released the statement below regarding the vote:

“Now that we have burned through three weeks of the Senate’s time, Senate Republicans have succeeded in passing their first piece of legislation: a gift for Big Oil that the President has already said he will veto.  I’m glad the President will veto this bill because the Keystone XL pipeline would be a disaster for our health and environment – enabling expanded development of one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet and exacerbating climate change.  I hope we can now put this debate behind us and move on to more serious legislative efforts to address the major issues facing our country.”