WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 3, legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, 266-153.

“For over six years, the Obama Administration has played political games and refused to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, denying good jobs to thousands of Americans,” Rep. Scalise said. “The American people have waited far too long for the tens of thousands of American jobs and the increased American energy security that comes with this critical infrastructure project.

“The Keystone Pipeline enjoys broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the business community and labor unions. The president’s threat to veto this legislation clearly demonstrates his priorities are not in line with the vast majority of the country. I urge President Obama to reconsider his position and stand with the millions of Americans who demand action when this bill comes to his desk for his signature.”