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-- Republican senators have introduced legislation designed to push the president to make a decision now rather than after the election.
On the controversial oil pipeline that would create thousands of jobs immediately.
And some say up to 200000.
Jobs longer -- It's called the keystone pipeline and it is privately funded it would not require any taxpayer cash to be used to get this thing started and it would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude -- well.
Down to the Gulf Coast Republicans are now claiming that the White House intentionally shelved of the program and gave into environmentalist pressures.
What their calling the single largest shovel ready project that exist right now.
It's an agent for political reasons and here's senator Mitch McConnell -- Here's a problem.
President Obama is getting heat from his base over this project displeasure from the very young and very liberal voters feel made knocking on door.
Before November the president has said time and time again that his top priority is -- Yet here we've got the single.
Largest -- -- ready project in the country.
Ready to go.
Ready to go and he's delaying its approval.
And for -- up until after the election next year.
-- they have we are joined now by democratic congressman Chris van Holland.
He -- the ranking member on the Budget Committee congressman welcome good to see again this you do it you can do it you know so why why put this thing -- Well interestingly the gentleman you just quoted the Republican leaders in the senate Mitch McConnell.
I said as we all know that his top priority was not jobs.
It was defeating -- Obama is reelection and in fact the person -- engaging in politics right now.
Is Mitch McConnell just like you told us he would.
Look the reality is that there are serious questions that need to be resolved and I think we would want our president.
To get answers those questions before making a final decision.
While Mitch McConnell says it.
That's a shovel ready project the reality is there are lots of infrastructure projects out there around the country right now.
That the president -- asked for additional funding for that would be.
Done by private the private sector that Mitch McConnell Republicans in the senator blocking as part of a jobs plan just as they blocked.
Last night and.
The point in an effort to extend the payroll tax holiday doesn't require any more stimulus funds.
This program and it would create 20000 jobs right off the bat.
They the problem was that they didn't want it to go through certain section in the oil -- -- Nebraska they re routed it came up with another plan.
And the people in that area seemed to be.
-- in favor of doing it that way -- -- it just a big question targeting people look at this is after hasn't say.
When there's something sitting in your lap you know and you do have these questions now as you when I -- argument over the the payroll tax write.
You wanna put money back in people's pockets here's a very direct way to put money in some people's pockets.
It just see it seems like a Guinea at this point having been through the process and having had -- little.
-- I I beg to differ with you on the facts I don't think this is all ready to go I don't think it's all.
Shovel ready because there are these very important questions.
That need to be resolved that this is an effort by Mitch McConnell again the guy who said his top priority was to defeat the president.
To change the subject because just last night the senate.
-- -- majority Republicans blocked an effort to -- extend the payroll tax holiday to every working American they said no they want their taxes to go -- January 1.
We just had a reasonably good jobs report come out -- one way to stall the economy will be to continue to block that payroll tax holiday.
So I wish Mitch McConnell would focus on what's immediately before the United States senate and help us extend that payroll tax holiday for working Americans.
And there's no doubt that that that's a popular thing that a lot of people not want to see that money.
Disappear from their paycheck but he -- on the big question I think is whether or not the underlying issue of actually improving economy.
Creating new businesses in the environment not just does not -- no patch works and his people 1000 extra dollars every year which is -- -- nice obviously have.
But are we fixing underlying economy and B are we doing what we can become energy independent.
And to -- to wean ourselves from energy dependence on countries that don't like us very much as we've heard a lot about.
So it -- -- -- -- why I guess you know why haven't you personally are you against this idea go on par with this project personally.
I I wanna get the answers the questions that the present has asked for with respect -- domestic oil production you're actually right we should.
Increase oil production in fact if you look at the domestic oil production today.
It's way up under this administration.
So I wanna do all those things -- excuse me I wanna make sure that.
We -- -- domestic energy production I think we should reduce our reliance.
On foreign oil there are lots of ways to do that one is increasing our domestic energy supply the other -- forces reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Things that unfortunately Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have have helped block.
But again the immediate.
Issue which will have an impact on Americans beginning January 1 of this year is.
The the effort and my -- revolvers to block this extension the payroll tax holiday now most economists out there will tell us.
That consumer confidence and demand is essential to getting the economy going and if you take 15100 dollars.
Out of the average working person's.
Salaried payroll in the next year that's less money they're going to be it's been able to spend buying goods and services and that means small businesses won't be -- the hire as many people.
It's pretty simple -- It's also good to have you have to have new jobs gone on this country's country and that's without having getting -- -- I think that may have a theory that everything's -- be decided after the election Iranian.
If I agree I'm talking about January 1 time I met January 1 let's decide this payroll tax holiday issue right now the next couple weeks that's that's not what I thought about that quite a bit and continue to -- throughout the morning is as a has charisma and thank you so much congressman Ben Howland -- --
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