As the controversy continues surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, a local congressman is taking a stand. U.S. Congressman Sam Graves says if President Obama won’t act to approve the project “the House of Representatives will.” Congressman Graves, who is chairman of the Small Business Committee voted in favor of legislation that was debated in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Friday. That legislation would allow for the issuance of all relevant permits that are needed for construction of the pipeline. An application for the pipeline was submitted by backers nearly four and a half years ago. At the time, President Obama registered his concern about the pipeline’s route through Nebraska, which has been addressed and approved by the state’s Governor. But, according to Graves the President continues to ignore the project after he promised a decision on it following the 2012 election.
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