WASHINGTON, DC --Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement following the Administration’s announcement that it will reject the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"Today, after years of delay the Administration has finally issued its decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. They said no.  No to energy security, no to economic security, no to jobs. Instead of saying yes and providing much needed relief to the people, the Administration has now inexcusably turned its back on this opportunity for the United States. The President has just rejected a chance to create jobs, bring energy to the United States and make Middle Eastern politics irrelevant to our national security. Energy and jobs are two things that Americans need to survive. The Keystone Pipeline would provide both, free of cost to the American taxpayers. The White  House seems to be in the business of making decisions in the interest of other nations, but not our own. China is just the latest in the list of nations who are benefitting from the foolish decisions made by this Administration. Beijing has been waiting for this opportunity. Their government is not so foolish to turn down this golden opportunity that the Obama Administration has now denied the American people.”

Congressman Poe is the author of the Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act (K-FAST) which would give Congress the authority to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.