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Mar 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration granted a federal permit authorization for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

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"The Keystone XL Pipeline is a very important piece of national security infrastructure as well as economic and energy infrastructure. The jobs it creates and the construction of it. The jobs it creates and maintains – good paying jobs in the United States refining that oil. It displaces oil from hostile countries with oil from our friendliest, longest neighbor in Canada, and restores parts of that relationship that have been frayed over the past several years. This is further evidence that Donald Trump is a man of action, not just rhetoric. That he has at his core – it is his highest priority – job and wealth creation for Americans. This is another American First infrastructure project. I’m grateful to him for his quick action. I was really pleased to get the call yesterday from the White House that he was approving it, and I look forward to working with him on many more of these types of infrastructure projects – to create jobs for United States and for North Dakota."

Since entering Congress in 2013, Cramer has been a leading advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the 114th Congress, Congressman Cramer introduced H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed Congress, but was vetoed by President Obama. While serving as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer sited the original Keystone Pipeline through North Dakota.