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May 18-- Congressman John Barrow’s (GA-12) Motion to Instruct the House managers in the conference on H.R. 4348, the Transportation and Infrastructure Reauthorization Bill, to insist upon approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, passed today with a bipartisan vote of 261 - 152.

“The Keystone XL Pipeline will lower our dependence on oil from the Middle East and create American jobs,” said Barrow. “I’m glad to see my Motion to Instruct pass, because including this in the Transportation Reauthorization bill is the fastest and surest way to get the Keystone XL Pipeline approved.  I understand that some members of my party oppose the Keystone Pipeline, but this is too important to the folks I represent to let partisanship get in the way of good policy.”

Barrow's Motion instructs the House Conferees to insist upon Title II of H.R. 4348, the “North American Energy Access Act,” in the final version of the Transportation Bill. Title II directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline within 30 days, in accordance with the Environmental Impact Statement that was approved last year.

To view last night’s floor debate on Congressman Barrow’s Motion to Instruct Click Here