U.S. Chamber SBN
Republicans think they have a welcome-home present for returning troops: an oil pipeline project capable of producing 20,000 jobs. There's only one problem: President Obama must approve the pipeline, and Republicans claim he's refusing to do so to please 'extreme environmental groups.' That's the pitch being delivered by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming in the Republicans' weekly radio address. His Senate Republicans did what they could late Friday to force Obama's hand on the Keystone XL pipeline project. They agreed to a tentative deal that would only extend a payroll tax cut and extra unemployment insurance for two months if a decision on the pipeline is made in the same time period. Obama had wanted to wait until 2013. The article republishes Barrasso's statement in which he notes, "Everyone from members of the United States Chamber of Commerce to members of Labor Unions support this project."