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. nurtz

    The obvious flaw in the Pipeline plan is it takes tar sands and moves them to Texas. One of the few states in the US with an existing surplus of oil. And ports from which oil can be exported. If it were a pipeline to oil-deficient states, like Illinois, Indiana, New York, etc. it might make sense. As it is, it's just a plan to help Keystone export oil sands oil cheaply to Europe. It's bad for the US, and won't help us with energy problems at all.

    June 29, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Joe

    Hitler .

    June 29, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Hector Slagg

    Um, Well Pain,
    You and your Liberal buddies sit around with your finger up your ass and your mind in neutral waiting for somebody else to do the dirty work. So far that has been a total bust. No kidding It's been tried. Now think, Pain, if everybody did it your way (Nothing) how long do you think the electricity would flow? How long do you think those grocery shelves would stay filled. How long before the local gas station would run out of gas? Dedicated people, many of them conservatives, make sure you have all the things you need, everyday. And what little money many make, you want separate it from them, to give it to your "Welfare Recipients". Your buddy, Obama calls it Re-Distributing the wealth. Believe it or not Pain, Conservatives care, if they didn't you might still be living in a cave.

    June 29, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. pflyn

    relax people its going to get finished, that's right finished. only part not done is path i think thru missouri and nebraska but new inspection company insure quality cause what has been built so shoddy well not much else to say. so if your not working on it now did see their jobline (2) job openings 7.25hr laborers so.dakota and texas.--–hurry!

    June 29, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. vinny

    So Reid will bring it to a vote if a bi partisan energy bill is also brought to a vote. Who is complaining??? I would prefer that not one tax payer dollar goes to this effort. Because this is not a Socialized Country. I dare any Socialist to explain why we need to make another Oil Tycoon Rich off of OUR hard earned Tax Dollar. We also need to make sure that whenever there is an emergency that the Company in charge set aside monies to pay for it. NO MORE TAX BURDEN!!!

    June 29, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. marcus cicero

    The Real Tom Paine

    thank you for existing. its amazing how many people still vote republican after republicans in office FOR YEARS have continued to destroy and damage the average person in this country. it sickens me, how the hell are we supposed to progress as a country with one of our two political parties continually trying to destroy ourselves in the process????

    June 29, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Steven Daniel

    How is it that this subject doesn't disappear? It will employ workers during construction only, will be carrying some of the nastiest petroleum product known, requires eminent domain land grabs for 50%+ of the land it goes through, and the topper – it comes from Canada and sells to the Chinese. How can this possibly be a "Good Thing" for our country ?This is lobbying and graft at the highest level

    June 29, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Just

    Dirty Harry Reid is the leader of the current DC dysfunction. Term limits anyone? Nevadans should be embarrassed.

    June 29, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Paul Kennedy

    Here is the deal my friends. The land to run this pipeline through will be taken using imminent domain. Land owners will be compensated that is true. The line will pass over on of Nebraska's most essential aquifers. According the the landowners if that aquifer is polluted there is no means of cleaning up. I saw and heard with my own eyes and ears that when asked what market that oil would be sold in. The company representative said it would be exported. When senator asked for assurances that North American oil remain and be sold in North America the rep said they would make no such assurances. So here you have it. They want to take away the land of an American citizens. They want to harvest and move oil across out nation with the risk of polluting one of the most essential aquifers used for crop production in the US. Rather than lower the price of oil due to volume here they want to ship it off shore. NOT a deal I would make. I am for the pipeline but I would never support it under those terms. Now you want to see what the real outrage should be take a look at this site (http://dirtyenergymoney.com/) and compare those that support the pipe line and those who don't. You might very well discover that the reality is we have congressman senators men and women that might be a little beholding to gas and oil interest. Keep it here. Keep it clean. Provide and immediate response team and program for emergency issues and contract with the landowners to pay damages in the event of a spill and I will support the pipeline. But in no way would I if any of those conditions were not met!!!!

    June 29, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Oil Barron

    If you can't keep from making this a Republican thing then don't even try commenting ... how stupid can you get ! Unless your in the oil business you don't have a clue what this means in terms of jobs and economy not to mention that your computer and phone are made from oil ! .... some of you adolescents talk like every square in of ground is going to be contaminated by a spill ... oil was first discovered on top of the ground and it still is all over this country ... naturally ! Reid used to be a boxer ... that's why he is brain dead !

    June 29, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Oil Barron

    Marcus Cicero – tell us one thing us Republicans have done to destroy this country and I will provide you with a long list of Obamas Crimes Against America ! I'm waiting !

    June 29, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Anferny

    I think the government needs to start setting limits on how long these old fools get to stay in office. Just like the "so called" President. No more than 2 terms on any of these offices. And yes I'm Republican & have been for ever. And I know there are some Rep. that don't do everything right. But the stupid Liberals need to quit giving away this whole country to lazy idiots that don't want to EVER work. But really enjoy taking from all of those that do work. I also think that the Keystone won't do one bad thing for this country except lower gas prices so that we can get back to improving this country. Every time the gas goes up, so do prices of everything else.

    June 29, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Justeds

    I have some very basic questions about the pipeline. Why should we, the U.S., and especially the people that live along the pipeline's route assume the bulk of the risk for this pipeline (security, possible contamination of land, and water) for oil. and profits that won't benefit the people of the affected areas that are being asked to assume the risk. Do most of you realize that what oil that makes it through the pipeline won't be going to U.S refineries? Do you realize how many of the much touted jobs will be permanent jobs? All you level headed fiscally responsible conservatives should do a cost vs benefit analysis and get back to here and then explain. We could very easily do without any of the proposed benefits of this thing, but the potential damage that could arise from it would be devastating to our overall economy.

    June 29, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Oil Barron

    Just look at all the oil experts on here ...... you would think that all you people would be working on making a million today instead of trying to ruin the industry ! Wish one of you experts would explain the comment by NURTZ about Texas having a surplus of oil ... what the Hell does that mean ? We also have a surplus of money that Obama is trying to get ...LOL

    June 29, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. palmer1619

    Rep. Bill Cassidy must get a lot of donations from the fossil fuel industry. It sounds like Harry Reid is a real thorn in his side. I find it amusing that Harry Reid is not only representing his own constituents, but Rep. Bill Cassidy's as well. Big protests going on in Baton Rouge. Seems they've got a real problem with polluted water.

    June 29, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Richard Staas

    Anon says more oil will cause HIGHER prices, he must have gone to the Obama school of business. If more oil comes to the refineries than they can handle, they will increase capacity. They like making money. They're not liberals.

    June 29, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Richard Staas

    The environmentalists do realize that a trans-Canada pipeline would have prevented the Exxon Valdez mess.

    June 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. mmsolis1106

    Shut up congressman Good for Harry Reid not to bring ridiculous farce of the XL pipeline to a vote..We don't want that pipeline..It will only create a minimum of 40+ temporary jobs and the damage it will to do,is not worth it...That pipeline is going nowhere...

    June 29, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Justeds

    How exactly will the pipeline lower gas prices in this country as Anferny implies? And as for term limits the last "so called" President term limited out, thank goodness. And i suppose I can claim to lived in this country for ever LOL! but I've met very, very few non wealthy people who didn't want to work. I've met met genuine lazy people, and the well to do trust fund babies that don't want to work, but not this great mass of "lazy idiots that don't want to EVER work". Since dubya's appointment I have met a great many former workers who don't want to work for peanuts however, are those the people you refer to?

    June 29, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Harry Reid is the greatest obstructionist.

    June 29, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Richard Staas
    You do realize that if these lines begin emptying into one of our aquifers it will make the Exon Valdez look like child's play don't you. But by all means, be my guest, you drink the first glass of sludge and let us know how you feel about thirty minutes later.

    June 29, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Mel

    You want to lower prices at the pump and create jobs, the pipeline is not the answer. Build more oil refineries across America and BOOM, more jobs and lower prices. Once the pipeline is finished then what bye bye jobs.

    June 29, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |

    BIG OIL must know that giving the American consumer an economic compensation (lower oil prices) From their pipline,would give them the political embellishments necessary toget them THE POLTICAL THUMBS UP THEY SO DESPARTLY NEED TO BE IN A FAVIABLE STATUS WITH US so they can get the thing buildt...They need to get a PR program inplace guerinteeing the American consumer a bone for their pipeline...They are not selling it right to the public.

    June 29, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Removing ole Harry from the SENATE is job 1 then convicting him of his crimes and stowing him in jail at HARD labor for the rest if his days is next

    June 29, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Brett

    June 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |


    your calculation of jobs created is way off. down in cushing Oklahoma there are hundreds working there. I haul the plate into there that they build the tanks with. so...

    June 29, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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