Republican Leaders Chastise Obama Over Keystone Veto

Top Republicans in Congress are upset that President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill on Tuesday. They state that if the President vetoes, the only winners would be, "bureaucrats, extremist environmentalists and the Chinese." House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell published an op-ed in USA Today stating that Americans deserve an explanation for the veto and the excruciatingly long approval process since first filing the pipeline application over 2,300 days ago. About the time frame they write, “This level of delay is extreme, even for Washington."

The Republican leaders call the pipeline, "a no-brainer in every way," and say that a veto would give "liberal extremists" a victory "at the expense of the greater good." In addition, both Boehner and McConnell cite the bipartisan support garnered for the pipeline, as well as labor union backing, small business owner support and the majority of Americans. They continue by writing, “The allure of appeasing environmental extremists may be too powerful for the president to ignore. But the president is sadly mistaken if he thinks vetoing this bill will end this fight. Far from it. We are just getting started."

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