Want Keystone? Fire Reid

- July 30, 2014

In May, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, With The Support Of Nearly All Senate Democrats, Used A Procedural Maneuver To Block A Vote On Keystone Pipeline. “Senate Democrats defeated Republican attempts to bring up amendments to an energy efficiency bill on Wednesday. Republicans filed a motion to table Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) amendments he used to ‘fill the tree’ but it failed on a 45-52 vote.” (Ramsey Cox, “Senate Dems Block GOP Attempt To Amend Energy Bill,” The Hill, 5/7/14)

  • Reid Is “Reluctant To Schedule A Floor Vote” On The Keystone Pipeline And Side Against Obama. “With President Barack Obama delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctant to schedule a floor vote on a bill that would subvert Obama’s authority, Landrieu pushed through a committee vote on the controversial pipeline. It passed, 12-10, with Landrieu joining Republicans to vote in favor of the project.” (Alex Altman, “A Vulnerable Democrat Pushes The Keystone XL Pipeline,” Time6/18/14)

Harry Reid Is A Longtime Opponent Of Keystone Pipeline

In 2012, Reid Claimed To Have “Serious Concern” About Keystone And Disparaged The Project As Another Source Of “Dirty” Oil. “Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Oct. 5, saying he had ‘serious concern’ about allowing TransCanada to construct and operate a 1,700-mile-long pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Port Arthur, Tex. ‘The proponents of this pipeline would be wiser to invest instead in job-creating clean energy projects, like renewable power, energy efficiency or advanced vehicles and fuels that would employ thousands of people in the United States rather than increasing our dependency on unsustainable supplies of dirty and polluting oil that could easily be exported,’ Reid wrote.” (Juliet Eilperin, “Democratic Lawmakers Pressure Obama Administration On Both Sides Of Keystone Pipeline Issue,” The Washington Post 10/19/11)

  • In 2012, Reid Vowed That Keystone Is A Program He Was “Not Going To Help In Any Way” “Senate Democrats will hold firm and reject House Republican demands to include approval of the Keystone oil pipeline in transportation funding legislation, their leader said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would not in any way help Republicans move Keystone approval across the finish line. ‘Personally, I’m not – I’m not one of the conferees – but personally I think Keystone is a program that we’re not going, that I am not going to help in any way I can,’ Reid told reporters. ‘The president feels that way. I do, too.’” (Ben Geman, “Reid Draws Line Against Keystone,” The Hill 4/25/12)

In March 2013, Reid Voted Against The Keystone Pipeline Despite Strong Democrat Support. (S.Amdt. 494, Roll Call Vote #61: Passed 62-37: R 45-0; D 17-35; I 0-2, 3/22/13)


Majorities Of Americans, Including Democrats And Independents, Want Keystone Approved. “Support for Keystone is highest among Republicans, with 82 percent backing it. But majorities of independents and Democrats also want it approved, at 65 and 51 percent, respectively.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News Poll: Keystone XL Project Overwhelmingly Favored By Americans,” The Washington Post , 3/7/14)

  • The Washington Post Headline: “Support For Keystone XL Pipeline Is Almost Universal.” (Aaron Blake, “Support For Keystone XL Pipeline Is Almost Universal,”The Washington Post, 6/26/14)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “It’s A Shame That An Issue Like #KeystoneXL Pipeline, That Has Such Strong Bipartisan Support, Is Being Delayed Yet Again” (Sen. Joe Manchin Twitter Feed, 4/18/14)

According To The State Department, The Keystone Pipeline Would Help Support Thousands Of Jobs. “Construction spending would support a combined total of approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the United States for the up to 2-year construction period. A job consists of one position that is filled for one year. The term support means jobs ranging from new jobs (i.e., not previously existing) to the continuity of existing jobs in current or new locations. The specific number of jobs at any location would result from the individual decisions of employers across the country affected by the proposed Project based on their labor needs, work backlog, and local hiring conditions.” (“Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement For The Keystone XL Project,” United States Department of State, 1/14, p.20)

Given The Overwhelming Support, Why Would Reid Continue To Fight Against It? Campaign Cash

Billionaire Democrat Donor Tom Steyer Has Pledged To Spend $100 Million To Help Democrats In November And His Top Issue Is Stopping Keystone. “But there are at least 100 million reasons why the president has held up the decision. Those reasons live in the bank account of hedge fund manager Tom Steyer who has pledged to spend $100 million helping Democrats avoid disaster in a 2014 midterm election where their Senate majority is in serious jeopardy. Steyer’s No. 1 issue? Stopping the Keystone pipeline.” (Ben White, “Why Obama’s Keystone Opposition Reeks Of Politics,” CNBC, 4/21/14)

Tom Steyer Has Donated $5 Million To The Reid-Backed Senate Majority PAC (CQ Moneyline, Accessed 7/22/14)

  • Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee Has Also Contributed $5 Million To The Reid-Backed Senate Majority PAC. (CQ Moneyline, Accessed 7/22/14)

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