Eighteen sentators press Obama to approve Keystone XL

Senator Max Baucus (R-Mont.) joined with 18 other senators and drafted an open letter urging the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

Last year the pipeline failed to gain support from the administration due to environmental concerns.  Nebraska is conducting its own study of the pipeline. Results should be released by the end of the year.

"The election is over, people want us to work together to create jobs, and one sure way we can create jobs right now is by moving forward with construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline," Baucus said.

"We've spent more than four years producing studies and addressing environmental and property concerns – there's no excuse to keep Keystone jobs on hold any longer."

The following Senators joined Baucus, Hoeven and Tester's letter: Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), David Vitter (R-La.), Jim Webb (D-VA), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio).