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American News Mar 17, 2022 7:27 PM EST

House Dems block bill to resurrect Keystone XL Pipeline

The House of Representatives voted to strike down a bill which would have resurrected the Keystone Pipeline.

House Dems block bill to resurrect Keystone XL Pipeline
James Anthony Montreal QC

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to strike down a bill which would have resurrected the Keystone Pipeline, among other things, to help alleviate inflation and promote energy independence.

"House Dems just voted against a measure by @HouseGOP to consider the American Energy Independence from Russia Act," Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK) tweeted, "a critical bill that would unleash American energy production. Clearly, Dems don't care about solving our crushing energy crisis. Unbelievable!"

According to Fox News, "the American Energy Independence from Russia Act, would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without a presidential permit, direct the president to commission an energy security plan, and open up oil and gas leases across the U.S., among other things."

The Keystone Pipeline was originally cancelled by Joe Biden personally via executive order on his first day as president, Jan. 20 2021. Since then, the US has suffered rising gas prices. This has only been exacerbated by recent events, like Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Biden administration has halted the importation of Russian oil, but many lawmakers are criticizing the administration's inaction on removing bureaucratic barriers to the ramping up of domestic production.

Biden issued an executive order previously putting a complete stop to new oil and gas leases on public lands. This was later overturned by a federal judge.

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