WASHINGTON, May 22 -

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Mr. Chairman,

Five years and still no decision. What does 5 years mean? Well, World War II, where we mobilized America, we went to war, we fought for our liberty and our national security on two fronts, thousands and thousands of Americans worked in our factories, went off to win a war in less than 5 years, but yet we canít get a decision out of the White House for 5 years on this project? Are you kidding me?

If we had to wait for the environmentalists to make up their mind, we never would have built the Panama Canal.

This pipeline needs to go down to Texas near my district, 20 percent of the Nationís refineries. Itís a national security interest.

Some of my friends on the other side have been bad-mouthing Canada. Let me tell you something. If the United States and Canada and Mexico can work together on an energy policy and make a North American energy policy, we can make Middle Eastern politics irrelevant. This pipeline will bring in as much crude oil as we get from Saudi Arabia.

Mr. President, pick a horse and ride it. Sign the deal.

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