Washington, D.C.— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Senate defeated a Republican amendment to impose an artificial timeline on the Keystone XL pipeline project:
“Today the Senate voted against Republicans’ attempt to impose an artificial timeline and short-circuit the process needed to plan the best route for the Keystone XL pipeline. If Republicans truly want to move ahead with this pipeline, they should stop treating it like a political football.
“Half of the pipeline is already being built, and the company building the pipeline is submitting another application for the remainder of the route. This process should be given time to work, and be governed by what will produce the best result – not by Republicans’ desire to appease the Tea Party or big oil companies.”