Chairman Xavier becerra Votes Against Removing Enviornmental Safeguards for Keystone Pipeline

May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 3, legislation which could eliminate environmental safeguards for the proposed Keystone pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast:

“Americans need more clean energy to meet the needs of our 21st century economy, not more dependence on the fuels of the past. H.R. 3 is special interest legislation that allows energy corporations to bypass critical environmental protections and leave Americans on the hook for costly spills. Go figure: America shoulders the risk with no guaranteed benefit to American consumers. Congress should instead focus on moving our country toward energy independence and a clean energy future.”