Hensarling indicated that the need for more energy infrastructure and development within the United States outweighs these local concerns.
"It is critical at a time when people of East Texas have seen their gas prices doubled. They are struggling, they are struggling to fill up their pick-ups, they are struggling to fill up their cars."
The Obama administration approved construction of the southern portion of the Keystone line, which would eventually allow oil sands from Canada to be transported to the Gulf Coast for refining. But Republicans have criticized this as falling far short of an approval for the entire line, and on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) noted in press reports that Canada is looking to build its own infrastructure to ship oil out of the country.