Thursday, January 8, 2015

Schumer: Democrats Have Enough Votes To Uphold Obama Keystone Veto

Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) mentioned a few Democratic proposals that would improve the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, but he ultimately recommends that President Obama veto it. In a recent press conference, Obama seemed to indicate that he plans to do just that, citing several problems with the project. After that, the White House press secretary confirmed that Obama would veto indeed the bill. Schumer said that the Democrats have enough votes to hold up a presidential veto. Watch:



SCHUMER: Our Republican colleagues say that this is a jobs bill but that really is not true at all. By most estimates it would create several thousand temporary construction jobs and only 35 permanent jobs… Why create very few jobs with the dirtiest of energy from tar sands when you can create tens of thousands more clean jobs using wind and solar? Our Republican colleagues are doing what they always do: they’re appeasing a few special interests — in this case oil companies and pipeline companies and not really doing what’s good for the average middle class family in terms of creating jobs. So I think, Bob, in conclusion, we will have enough votes to sustain a presidential veto.

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