WASHINGTON - Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., led a group of more than 145 House members on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to swiftly approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
"All studies show that this project will have minimal environmental impact and a substantial economic benefit to our country," they wrote in the letter. "In light of the recent events in North Africa, we need to be investing in energy infrastructure to control our own resources. ... We need to make our country energy independent."
The State Department has indicated that it won't make a decision on the pipeline project before the end of March, but the letter writers suggested there is no cause for delay.
"You have the information from the State of Nebraska. No other portion of the pipeline has changed. This is in our national interest given the clear and positive linkage to job creation, the economy and domestic energy security," the group wrote.
Terry has led past legislative efforts to force approval of the pipeline and could do so again in this Congress.