Dr. Cassidy knows the road to better jobs with better wages and benefits runs through developing our domestic energy resources. He has proposed legislation promoting natural gas as a transportation fuel, supports hydraulic fracturing, and building the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Cassidy Comments on Harry Reid's Senate Keystone Failure
(Baton Rouge, La) – Today, Dr. Bill Cassidy, U.S. Representative for the Sixth District of Louisiana and candidate for the U.S. Senate, released the following statement on Senator Harry Reid's failure to hold a vote regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline:
"For over 2,000 days the American people have been waiting for the jobs and economic growth that would accompany approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Finally, as we entered an election year and after years of silence on the issue, Senator Landrieu joined House Republicans in calling for the pipeline. However, Senate Democrats today proved that they do not stand with working Americans. Harry Reid's failure to move forward with a vote this afternoon proves that as long as he controls the U.S. Senate, our energy economy will suffer. I hope this setback does not deter Republicans in the House from continuing to advocate on behalf of the Keystone pipeline."
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Senator Mary Landrieu, who is set to be Chair of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced her support for Rhea Suh's nomination to be the Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks within the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Rhea Suh has a long record of advocating against America's energy economy. This nomination is especially concerning for Louisiana as Ms. Suh played a key role in the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf, which hurt Louisiana workers. As Assistant Secretary Suh could "have the power to block natural gas recovery and eradicate resource production on vast swaths of America's federal lands, the coastal continental shelf, and astonishing amounts of private property."
"Senator Landrieu had an opportunity to stand up to President Obama and stop Rhea Suh's nomination. Senator Landrieu claimed she was indispensable to Louisiana; but the day after she announced her chairmanship she failed her first test by signing off on one of President Obama's most anti-energy nominees. This nomination will hurt Louisiana's economy and make it harder for people to find good paying energy jobs. It turns out that Senator Landrieu isn't willing to stop supporting President Obama 97% of the time, even when that means hurting her state's economy." U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy M.D.