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Hartzler, House vote for Keystone pipeline

Posted November 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Good Day,

Congress returned to Washington this week to begin the “lame duck” session of Congress which provides current Members with the chance to finish work on important pieces of legislation and other bills that must be completed by the end of the year.

The House’s first major order of business was to pass a bill approving construction of the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. This will spur local economies from North Dakota to Texas while creating approximately 20,000 jobs as American workers construct a pipeline that will provide a steady flow of oil from Canada, moving up to 830,000 barrels each day.

”Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is about jobs and energy,” said Hartzler. “Approving construction will spur local economies across the United States while

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    Emergency Food Assistance Program got a $200 million increase

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