Urging congressional lawmakers to fund long-needed upgrades to U.S. infrastructure, during his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama urged legislators to focus their debate on roads, bridges, rail, highways and high-speed Internet – not the $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline extension.
“Twenty-first century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,” a statement which drew cheers from among the joint session of Congress.
Conservative lawmakers and industry groups support the 1,179-mile pipeline from the tar sands of Western Canada to refineries in the U.S., a project they say would reduce the country’s reliance on oil from overseas, aid the energy sector and provide thousands of construction jobs.
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