Louisiana congressman: Remove Reid as majority leader to pass Keystone in Senate
June 28th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
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Louisiana congressman: Remove Reid as majority leader to pass Keystone in Senate

(CNN) - Rep. Bill Cassidy has one solution for moving legislation on the Keystone XL Pipeline through the Senate: Remove its top obstructionist.

“We must stop Harry Reid and the senators who support him from blocking the Keystone XL pipeline – blocking the jobs, the opportunity that it creates,” Cassidy said in a weekly GOP address. “It’s time to retire Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate.”

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The House voted 238-173 on Tuesday in favor of a bill that would push the pipeline forward by eliminating a requirement in which oil and gas pipelines that cross U.S. borders get a permit from the White House. The bill passed with 17 Democrats voting in favor of the measure, despite a veto threat from the White House.

A similar bill in the Senate was blocked the same day by Senate Democrats, whom Cassidy says don’t care about the economic well-being of American families.

“President Obama and his allies like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are more interested in rolling out the red tape than the red carpet for these jobs,” Cassidy said.

“Sadly, Democrats in Washington stand with President Obama rather than standing with hard-working families in Louisiana and elsewhere. They would rather your family struggle than offend their political base.”

Reid has said that he would consider bringing a vote on the matter to the Senate floor so long as Republicans would allow a vote on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill.

In his address, Cassidy cites the State Department in saying that the pipeline would cause negligible harm to the environment and even saves lives, as there are fewer accidents shipping oil by pipeline as opposed to rail or truck.

He also argues that jobs created by the construction of the pipeline would provide Americans with the opportunity to pursue their dreams

“You have your own dreams. There are common sense solutions to provide you opportunity,” Cassidy said. “One is the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. American

    Why do we want a pipeline across the U.S. just to send oil to China!

    June 29, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    MY NEW ECONOMIC WORLD ORDER: THE SOVEREIGNING OF GOODS AND THE EMERGENCE OF WHITE MARKETS would know exactly how to parlor this new pipeline into our economy...A balance on the cause of the consumer and the necessities on the cause of the profiteers...What we don't want is a "mogul tax" on every economic endeavor we pursue...And that is guerenteed windfall for buisness.We spoil buisness,they can work on a percentage of gross lile everybody else. THE whole idea of WHITE MARKETS is we balance the cause of the consumer and the needs of buisness....In other words: "We create a market dynamic to fill a need not just greed" in this way anything that needs to be fixed, can be done so.The greatest thing holding America back is nobody has the courage to change their market model. THEYwant buisness as usual in a "crashed market" Its not going to happen until someone "evolves" the market at hand.That is why freemarketeers rely on NATURAL SELECTION when markets crash, anything else is "imposed capitalism" and that's how we have been operating under Obama. WE can do better than that.?We can steer markets away from boom-bust and forever envelope the cause of the consumer . It is the first requersite of changing our market to a lasting one that will recycle vibrancy for one for day...Without it there WIll NOT be an economic tomarrow!

    June 29, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Rosa

    The Conservatives live in a world all there own. Everyone else is lazy, they work more than anyone else, and the other side is always taking from the government.....

    June 29, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Let's face it, none of this is about the pipeline itself. This country has thousands and thousands of miles of pipelines crisscrossing the country already. This pipeline would be no different than any other in terms of danger. This is all about the far lefts war on fossil fuels. They don't want ANYTHING that would help provide more oil. Just as Obama and they are actively waging war against coal, this is their war on oil. The far left environmental zealots could care less about jobs and more oil. It is a religion to them, the green religion. Reason and logic plays no part in their religious zealotry.

    June 29, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Witchy Woman

    Dirty Harry needs to take his dirt nap. The libs and the rinos have dragged this country into the abyss. Yes we need term limits on ALL of them. Keep blaming Bush, because that's all you got....smdh

    June 29, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Willie Roberts

    This pipeline only benefits Canada. this oil will go on the open market where it could be bidded on by anyone, any oil company in the US or internationally. Furthermore, this pipeline, the Canadians doesn't want it to run across Canada. This oil is too dirty and too toxic to flow across our water supply, damaging our ground water and land. Stop it Now !!!

    June 29, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Norma jean

    " ""'Anfirny".....you don't need to tell us you are a Republican......that fact is sadly VERY obvious!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Jim

    No Reid is the tip of the iceberg. Get rid off all democratics until the party starts working for the citizens of their state and not El Bumbo. Vote out all old reps and Senators of all parties with more than ten years in Washington. Start sending only non-lawyers who have actually held a real job and make sure they know the citizens are their only concern no matter the party. If a lobbist shows up get their name and publish it in the congressional record with their purpose of meeting and any reward for voting for them. Citizen policing will stop the sale of America to persons who do not vote for these people. Then we as a voter must say to the elected officials you are there temorary and you screw up you will be out of a job in disgrace and working at a normal job again with all knowing you tried screw your voters. Have the state voters pass a amendment that all disgraced elected officials must work on a garbage truck for three years at minium wage and their staffs too.

    June 29, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. menzies

    I think Louisiana Representative, Bill Cassidy, should sit down and shut up! Senator Reid has been on top of the issues. Louisiana ranks on the bottom of the ladder because Representative Cassidy is not working for the citizens of Louisiana, but working to fill his pockets $$$$$$$ with corporate P.A.C. monies!

    June 29, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Stanley P

    Obama is the new king and Harry is the new prince. Yep prince Harry Reid is the my way or the highway man. Unless of course it puts some green in his pockets. Staying in congress is all about greening the inside of their pockets. Term limits need to be added as amendments to constitution by the states. The also need to take back the senate and make it represent the states. not the people of the state. All this unfunded liability stuff will disappear that way.

    June 29, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Ken Morrow

    You forget, that oil is already bought by China. No permanent jobs. The fracking process that will cause problems. No drop in gas prices. A threat to the waterways of the areas the pipeline goes through. It seems the only ones that will profit from that pipeline is the GOP investors in the pipeline. The USA don't need that pipeline or the potential problems it poses.

    June 29, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. joe

    This article failed to mention ANY sites that had toxic pollution due to pipelines? Do you care? ONLY if you are affected by it. I am SOOOOO thankful that SOMEBODY is trying to protect the environment. Jobs are important, for sure,
    but the environment is just as if not more important. I hope and pray that these kind of articles will print all the facts,
    they never do...

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Keith

    More like the economic well being of oil companies than American families!

    June 29, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Dr. Brown

    Lower gas prices, please, you sound like a complete tool, I'll go slow NOT. OUR. OIL, get it?

    June 29, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Dr. Brown

    Why don't they refine it in Canada? Would you really let your neighbors run toxic chemicals through your backyard, near your water supply,,absolutely not but you want this, the gop has sold you nothing but lies, again, this has nothing but disaster for the u.s.,period.

    June 29, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    Let's see, Global Warming, climate change, increased tremors wherever there is fracking, seafood that is growing increasingly unfit to eat, air that on some days is unfit to breath..........but humans have nothing to do with it. It is just the normal cycle of planet. Isn't that special.

    June 29, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Debbie

    It may be too late. The Canadian government has approved a pipeline that reaches the Pacific coast. It totally bypasses the US. They have a few hurdles to get through but nothing as bad as this gang.

    June 29, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Kevin

    I am so glad that Senator Reid is there siding with President Obama, protecting all us hard working people out here from the big corporations that would further pollute our environment all in the name of profit, The only thing that will make this country better is to remove the main opposition to cleaner environment Mitch McConnell and all his right wing cronies!

    June 29, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. steve

    don't just remove him from majority leader...REMOVE HIM COMPLETELY FROM POLITICS, WITH JAIL TIME...he is anti-American, anti-America, anti-constitutional, AND SELF SERVING...A PATHETIC PIECE OF GARBAGE THAT NEED TO BE TOSSED OUT...

    June 29, 2014 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. dellman

    We don`t need that pipeline. There is one going through Michigan that broke last year in the Marshall Michigan spilling over 800,000 gallons of crude oil and they are still trying to clean it up with minimal success.

    June 29, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. dave

    Reid is an idiot period...

    June 29, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    No Keystone they want to run across our biggest water supply and they are careless and reckless with how they run their lines

    June 29, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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