Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis. Photo: Courtesy of the press office of Cynthia Lummis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), along with 10 of her Senate Republican colleagues, this week introduced the Defending Keystone Jobs Act.

The bill would require a Department of Labor report to Congress detailing the number of jobs lost as a result of the Biden administration’s move to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Lummis joins Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), who introduced the bill, and Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

“Over the past decade, the United States has become a global leader in energy production while cutting our carbon emissions,” said Senator Lummis. “Wyoming has been at the forefront of that effort, and President Biden is eroding this success by attacking American energy independence at every turn. We should know the true cost of President Biden’s political move to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.” 

On Wednesday, the sponsor of the crude oil pipeline pulled the plug on the project after President Joe Biden refused to reverse his cancellation if its permits. Biden canceled the permits on his first day in office.

The 1,200-mile pipeline project has been on and off for the past 12 years. Work began again during former President Donald Trump’s time in office. The project was stalled under the Obama administration.

The pipeline would have moved up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily, connecting in Nebraska to other pipelines that feed oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.