Pass pipeline authorization
President Barack Obama is fond of using executive orders to pursue his agenda even when Congress disagrees. Perhaps it is time for lawmakers to return the favor.
Throughout his term in the Oval Office, Obama has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It would bring enormous quantities of Canadian oil to the U.S.
Obama maintains he is not playing the part of obstructionist but, as they say, if it walks like a duck …
In this case it certainly does.
No one in the government has been able to come up with a good reason to delay the pipeline. Yet the president, through the State Department, continues to postpone a decision on whether to permit construction.
Recently, it was reported a majority of U.S. senators, Democrats and Republicans, are ready to pass legislation that would in effect overrule Obama and allow work on the pipeline to begin. Doubtless the House of Representatives would agree.
Senators should pass the bill immediately – then, if necessary, stand ready to overcome an Obama veto.