The Senate recessed this evening about 7:35 PM without taking up H.R. 3630. This afternoon I listened to arguments presented for passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. After hearing the arguments I sent the following Email to the House and Senate Leadership as well as the legislators for my state asking for a response. The Honorable Dan InouyeThe Honorable Harry Reid The Honorable Mitch McConnellThe Honorable Jon KylThe Honorable John A. BoehnerThe Honorable Eric CantorThe Honorable Kevin McCarthy (Would someone please forward to Senator McCarthy)The Honorable Nancy PelosiThe Honorable Steny HoyerThe Honorable Sherrod BrownThe Honorable Rob PortmanThe Honorable Steve StiversMs Pelosi and Gentlemen,I watched Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Thune make their case for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project on C-Span this afternoon. While I do not agree with their assessment, that is not the point of this email. The point is – Why is the Republican leadership choosing to attach this to the Payroll Tax Extension legislation when in fact it should stand on its own merits and deserves a separate vote? Are you concerned it cannot pass on its own merits? Or you cannot garner sufficient bipartisan support to override a Presidential Veto? If you choose to reply, please address the questions in this Email. President Obama requested clean legislation, and identified well in advance any legislation containing the Keystone XL Pipeline Project included as part of the Payroll Tax Extension would be vetoed. The Payroll Tax Extension has a hard, fast, and immediate deadline, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project does not. To have chosen to include the two together is using valuable time that is necessary to reach an agreement on the principle issue and can only be viewed in this independent’s view as playing politics with peoples lives - hence the opening questions. Thank you,Robert B. Claussen
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