WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after President Obama issued a veto threat for proposed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline:
“President Obama’s hollow promise of working together with the new Republican led House and Senate lasted a total of one hour into the 114thCongress. It took approximately 60 minutes for the president to issue a veto threat on the overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation which would finally pave the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“With this action, the president has effectively vetoed the possibility of 42,000 good paying jobs, an increase of $3 billion in GDP growth and a vital infrastructure project. More importantly, this veto threat squanders a realistic opportunity to bring Republicans and Democrats together and compromise on legislation that has the support of the vast majority of Americans. Instead, President Obama continues to pander to the extremist environmental wing of his party instead of focusing on fostering a positive environment for job creation and economic growth.”