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. Don Ward

    When are you all going to grow up you are there to take care of the peoples wants and needs not yours,

    June 28, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. abobinmn

    Somebody tell me exactly how the United States is going to benefit with a huge potentially troublesome pipeline pumping Canadian oil to ultimately being shipped abroad.

    June 28, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Nathaniel

    Will the keystone pipe line be above ground or under ground? If above ground it will an perfect target for those who would want to do this country great damage, if under ground good, but would change the U.S. landscape forever.

    June 28, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Smitty

    Agreed Reid is useless, get rid of Pelosi, Bohner, McConnell, the court jest and Obumbles, we look like idiots having all these morons in office, glad Cantor is gone also. We need people who have a pair not a bunch of pc wimps.

    June 28, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Frances

    Harry Reid and Barack Obama are the two biggest barriers to job creation for the last 6 years. Harry Reid has refused to bring many bills up for a vote, suggested by Republicans, because he knew they truly had bipartisan support. Instead he & Obama insist Repubs are the "obstructionists". Let the Keystone project go forward, let Republicans repeal the ACA Employer mandate so that businesses are free to expand without being "punished". What do these two have to gain from destroying jobs, because they wholly own this economy due to their blocking every chance at recovery. I think they'd rather point fingers then let the Republicans get credit for saving this nation.

    June 28, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Barbara Kemm

    Reid needs to be stopped now.

    June 28, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Steven Childs

    Harry Reid is defeating his own policies. He wants to raise government funds but he also wants to impose stronger fuel efficiency standards. He could raise tons of money by letting the high standards lapse and letting gas guzzling become the norm. People would be buying more gas and therefore paying more in gas taxes and he wouldn't have to promote a single thing.

    June 28, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    So the house republican jobs bill will create 35 full time jobs, and the Kochs will make a couple of billion dollars off their Canadian property.

    June 28, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    don't matter Obama won't let it go through

    June 28, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Prince

    fire boehner and pass immigration reform and stop defaulting on our debt.

    June 28, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Joe Mariano

    Because of Reid & Boehner we have lost our homes , cars and ruined our credit they have baited us in thinking we would get unemployment insurance since Dec. so we had to use our credit cards if we had any plus our 401 k to live off of, so yes get rid of Reid and Boehner then maybe we can get a JOB . There is No reason not to pass these bills an they should work for there money no one in the world has a job like the Senate and Congress work about 20 hours a week it is a shame ..


    June 28, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Richard

    I do not believe that the key stone deal should go through. Republicans make out to be a cure all for jobs. Not so. IT will help only until the job is done. After that there are no more jobs. The only jobs will be for someone to be posted a long the line from state to state. Not too many jobs. But it will make those people who invested in it very rich. And those would be a lot of republicans. Besides there are a lot of risks on its construction and could cause a tremendous disaster, that really do not need, ever. Regardless, Reid is doing a fine job, its the republicans who are looking for anyone to blame their problems on.

    June 28, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. king

    its amazing how the repubs sabatage, stop this country's progress in its tracks tricks, as they allow china to catch up with us. now china is set to pass us as world super power, because the repubs spitefully wants this country to fail. have you been to china lately, my cousin wife just came back and all she can talk about is the modernization of china compared to our third world broken down infrastructure. its a dam shame that people can be this dum and backward not to see what the repubs are doing , and all their bitterness about our first black president will accomplished is a diminished country for the next generation.

    June 28, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Leroy

    You must get Reed out.

    June 28, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Randy

    Any one that thinks this will help in the relief of gas prices can buy the bay bridge. This is nothing but a way to help out the oil companies move the Canadian oil all the way to the gulf coast. USA already import this oil into the northern refineries where this only helps the big oil companies NOT the consumers. This is the kind of things that the republicans want people to think they are looking out for consumers. This don't mean that the democrats are better for consumer but think where the pipe line is going to the GULF coast states right where this republican is from IMAGINE THAT. There are other ways that we as a country can make our self's more independent from the threat and outside influence of the oil people use what we have and don't import anything and expand other technologies. Like most things these are political motivated and until companies can figure out how to charge use for the sunshine then we all lose in the long run. By the way I work at and oil refinery and see how it hurts the environment.

    June 28, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. joe

    This is what has been happening to all the jobs bills in congress. The Progressive Demonrats block it then try to blame someone else.

    June 28, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Dan

    Long past time. Reid has to go. Lib's blame Repub's for stopping everything because the liberal media cheer leads these false statements by Reid. Reid is the road block. Get rid of him and many things will start moving forward.
    What I don't understand is, how can voters in Nevada be so stupid, sending this guy back term after term?

    June 28, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    another hissy fit . republicans for hard working people my ass. too bad for the environment too bad for the future of our children. Reagan didn't care and now we have refugees pouring in from central America. Course all republican can do is blame Obama do hey have an actual idea/ no do they ever? no get rid of right wing nut jobs. see how that works?

    June 28, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Matthew

    This man has been the reason for the government shutdown, and nearly every failed bill that the House passed. He is personally responsible for the budget fiasco, and the only reason he was not crucified in the media was that he is PAID by the media. He's a criminal and needs to be replaced.

    June 28, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Clint Bandemer

    This article shows how the democrats are only concerned about their politics. Obama states that the House will not compromise but Obama has never compromised with them. Reid will only put this on the senate floor if the Republicans will cave in and give Reid what he wants. This bargaining has to stop and the votes have to be what is best for LIES, LIES, and MORE LIES.

    June 28, 2014 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Randy2

    Pumping high pressure abrasive corrosive dilbit across our land and water tables is stupid. Let the Canadians build their own refinery/ies then send regular products through existing or new pipelines wherever they want. Pipeline regulations have been lowered for dilbit lines already which is also stupid because the dangers are higher. You can't clean up the poisonous solvents used to make dilbit pumpable, albeit at higher pressures. We have only about 110 federal pipeline inspectors for the some two and a half million miles of already existing lines in our country, some of them quite old. The comparatively minor advantages to building this pipeline are nowhere near what is being publicized as existing and the hazards are very great and probable. People for building this pipeline are either ignorant or evil. Check the facts, people and don't continue to be fools.

    June 28, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. JG

    As a Forever Yellow Dog Democrat ... and proud of it.... I denounce the premier scumbag H. Reid. He has hurt us more so ever than anyone. Wow. Loosen up the bills he's held up and obstructed – I agreed with some, and free up a lot of sensible 'stuff'. Help America! Not Reid! Think about the difference between 'migration' and 'invasion'.

    June 28, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Sweetliz

    If it's good for the country Obama is against it.

    June 28, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Tony

    DEMS do NOT want to create Middle Income JOBS!!! WHY? When the poor and lower class find jobs that pay good, they usually vote REPUBLICAN!!! DEMS want the POOR & LOWER CLASS to STAY there so they will be dependent on THEM for food, phones, shelter and healthcare !!! ONCE a poor person becomes Middle Class – They usually vote REPUBLICAN!!! DEMS would RATHER KEEP the Poor – Poor!!!

    June 28, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Duke

    What do the people in the states that the pipeline will cross say about the line?

    June 28, 2014 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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