Rick Nolan’s Keystone Disappointment

May 22, 2013

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), John Garamendi (CA-03), Ami Bera (CA-07), Lois Capps (CA-24), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Scott Peters (CA-52), Jim Himes (CT-04), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), Alan Grayson (FL-09), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Joe Garcia (FL-26), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Bill Foster (IL-11), Dave Loebsack (IA-02), John Tierney (MA-06), Bill Keating (MA-09), Tim Walz (MN-01), Rick Nolan (MN-08), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Steve Israel (NY-03), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04),  Dan Maffei (NY-24), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Pete Gallego (TX-23), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Nick Rahall (WV-03).

Nolan Voted Against the Job-Creating, Energy-Producing Project

Sadly, Democrat Rick Nolan voted today to block the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, a project which would not only create jobs but also move our country towards an All-American energy economy.

With nearly 75% of Americans supportive of the construction of the pipeline, Nolan needs to explain to Minnesota families why he voted against this needed project.

“Rick Nolan’s vote against the Keystone Pipeline today is just plain irresponsible,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “What our country needs is energy independence and a more robust job market, not irresponsible representation from Nancy Pelosi’s lap dogs. Nolan owes his constituents an explanation.”

Rick Nolan voted against H.R. 3 (Roll Call Vote 179, H.R. 3, 5/22/13)

Nearly 75% of Americans and 68% of Canadians indicated they “support” or “somewhat support” the project. (“Survey Finds Majority Backs Keystone Pipeline.” Paul Viera, The Wall Street Journal, 4/22/2013)

Terry’s bill finds that to keep the nation’s competitive edge, it needs a “fast, reliable, resilient and environmentally sound means of moving energy.”The delivery of oil from Canada via the Keystone pipeline helps achieve that goal, and also lessens dependence on “insecure foreign sources,” it says. (“House to vote on Keystone next week.” Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill, 5/17/13)