Wilson Statement on Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

May 22, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act:

Wilson stated, “Today, a bipartisan majority in the House decided to take matters into our own hands and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline application.  This project will create well over 100,000 jobs, invest billions in our economy, and promote America’s energy independence. On numerous occasions, the President has claimed to support an “all-of-the-above” energy plan. However, for over 1,700 days, the Administration has held the Keystone XL Pipeline application hostage. 


“Lower prices at the pump, confidence in our abilities to produce energy resources, and the creation of new jobs will significantly impact communities all across our great nation.  In South Carolina’s Second Congressional District, Michelin Tire Corporation in Lexington produces earthmover tires and MTU Detroit Diesel in Graniteville manufactures engines that are used in Alberta, Canada, for oil sand recovery. Both these companies have potential to benefit from Keystone’s production.


“It is my hope that the Senate will join us in our efforts to approve the permit of the Keystone XL Pipeline in a timely fashion.  Our economy should not be forced to suffer due to the Administration’s refusal to act.  Approval of this permit will create the necessary jobs our economy so desperately needs, not the President’s hot air and empty promises."