Congressman Tom Cole
Due to federal government resistance in approving TransCanada’s application to build, the Keystone XL pipeline has remained a topic of conversation far too long. For more than 1,700 days, TransCanada has awaited approval of its permit to begin construction. With each passing day, we are reminded of the needless delay placed upon this vital project. This must change, and the American people are not willing for another four years to pass before it does.
Without question, the construction of the Keystone pipeline is a wise move for domestic energy production and job creation. Members on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate have confirmed their support time and again for TransCanada’s extension of the pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast, with a terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. In the last Congress alone, the House voted six times to advance its construction. A bipartisan House showed its continued support for the project last month by voting in favor of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation that expedites the application process.
Every time I see the facts and figures about what the pipeline will contribute to America, I am disappointed that the Obama Administration is still delaying its progress. President Obama claims support for economic recovery, yet he refuses to approve a project that will certainly produce thousands of good paying jobs. Since the application is still caught up in the review process through unnecessary and excessive environmental studies, the White House is robbing taxpayers of potential jobs. TransCanada is willing to invest $7 billion in construction, and in so doing would directly create 20,000 jobs without expending any federal dollars. Estimates also show creation of as many as 118,000 related jobs.
Not only is the project a wise investment in the future of North American energy production and job creation, but it also strengthens our national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil. Based on estimates from the Department of Energy, the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline could move at least 830,000 barrels of oil per day. We currently import about half of that amount from the Middle East, which is unacceptably high. Without approval of projects like Keystone, however, it is likely to go even higher.
Research has already been done that indicates no harmful effects on the environment from its construction. No fewer than three times, extensive environmental impact studies issued findings affirming the project would have “no significant impact” on the environment. Unfortunately, approval has still been delayed. If we continue to hold up TransCanada and require even more unnecessary environmental studies, it sets an expectation for future construction projects. It wouldn’t be surprising for similar pipeline applications to be delayed or not even submitted, costing us even more jobs. These needless regulations and pointless delays must be lifted.
It’s time for the State Department and White House to acknowledge the value of the Keystone project and approve its construction. Through this partnership with our allies in Canada, the pipeline would be a vital step toward creating good paying jobs, strengthening our national security and lowering fuel prices. This project is beneficial for domestic energy supply, creates much-needed jobs for hardworking Americans and boosts economic growth. We must resolve this ridiculous situation once and for all and let construction begin.
Jun 17 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Southern Political Report
Oklahoma: Lankford disputes IRS problem “solved.” US Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday that the problems at the Internal Revenue Service were “solved,” as a result of a statement by a long-time Republican at the IRS that there was no political motivation in the agency’s targeting procedures. But GOPers were quick to jump back at Cummings. US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) said, “The American people know instinctively that there is a serious problem at the Internal Revenue Service and that this is the moment to resolve the issue – not sweep it under the rug,” reports The Hill.
Jun 13 2013 | Posted in Congress
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In response to comments by the Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday, Congressman James Lankford released the following statement:
“The American people know instinctively that there is a serious problem at the Internal Revenue Service and that this is the moment to resolve the issue — not sweep it under the rug. We now know that many offices were involved in the political targeting of Americans, but we have not identified the specific individuals, we have not seen all the facts and we have not fixed the problem.
“Day after day, the White House has told the American people that ‘the President is interested in getting all the facts’ and ‘are interested in legitimate congressional oversight. No one — from either party — should try to rush to judgment, declare the case ‘solved’ or have the audacity to say the American people should ‘move on’. The IRS investigation should ‘move on’ based on the facts.”
Jun 10 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Congressman James Lankford announced today that Field Representative Matthew J. McKay has joined his Oklahoma City district office.
“I am proud to welcome Matt McKay to serve as Field Representative in our Oklahoma City office,” said Lankford.
“Mr. McKay’s military service, academic background and professional experience will undoubtedly guide him to ensure quality service for all communities of the Fifth District. As he embarks on his new role, he will continue to diligently serve our friends and neighbors across central Oklahoma.
“I’m delighted to welcome Matt to this vital role in our office,” Lankford added. “As you see him in the community, let him know how we can help you and your family at the federal level.
“We look forward to his contributions to our community,” Lankford concluded.
McKay grew up in the Philippines and Germany. His parents were missionaries with the Southern Baptist Convention for 15 years. McKay finished high school in Alabama after his father, Roy L. McKay, became a pastor in the United States. In December 2005, McKay received his B.S. in Political Science from Mississippi State University. After college McKay enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, Florida, where he received his commission as a Naval Officer in July 2007.
Jun 5 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said on Monday that he didn’t mention President Barack Obama’s name in his rebuttal to Obama’s weekly presidential address about the Oklahoma tornadoes so that the White House couldn’t “pull a Chris Christie” on him.
“I was not going to let the White House pull a Chris Christie on me,” Inhofe told Newsmax.
Some conservatives criticized the GOP New Jersey governor for being overly effusive toward Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged parts of New Jersey just ahead of last November’s presidential election.
(PHOTOS: Oklahoma tornado)
Inhofe also said that the liberal media is “trying to exploit” the recent Oklahoma tornadoes by blaming the tragedy on climate change.
“The liberal media is trying to exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda. And, believe me, the victims all know this,” Inhofe told Newsmax.
He continued: “We were being hit by tornadoes long before anyone talked about climate change, and even before it was called ‘global cooling,’ before it became ‘global warming,’ and then ‘climate change.’ The same thing that happened last week happened 14 years ago, 25 years ago, and 30 years ago.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/oklahoma-tornado-jim-inhofe-91933.html#ixzz2Ufesr1h9
May 29 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Congressman James Lankford recently addressed the 2013 graduating class of Oklahoma Baptist University; here’s his two-minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXJ8y1MRG3o&feature=youtu.be
May 28 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Congressman Cole’s Office
Congressman Tom Cole has reiterated his support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
He issued the following statement supporting passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. After 1700 days awaiting application approval from the State Department, this legislation would finally allow TransCanada to begin building a pipeline that would extend from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast and include a port in Cushing, Oklahoma.
“I am pleased that my colleagues in the House continue fighting for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Cole. “Not only is the project a wise investment in the future of American energy production, but it also strengthens our national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil. Through TransCanada’s willingness to invest $7 billion to begin construction, this pipeline project would directly create 20,000 jobs without expending any federal dollars. Through this expansion with our allies in Canada, the pipeline would be a vital step toward creating much-needed jobs, tightening our national security and lowering fuel prices.
“Members on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate have voted numerous times to approve TransCanada’s application and permit construction of the pipeline. Research has already been done that ensures no harmful effects on the environment from its construction, so needless regulations and time delays must be lifted. It’s time for the State Department and White House to acknowledge the value of this project and approve its construction.”
May 23 2013 | Posted in Congress
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