“The only question is whether that energy and those jobs will go to America, or whether they will be allowed to travel across the Pacific to governments that harbor terrible environmental records to begin with.”

McConnell said that during his speech on Tuesday, Obama “took a pass” rather than siding with “working-class families.”

“Yesterday, when the president had the opportunity to side with working-class families across the country by approving the pipeline — he took another pass,” McConnell said. “Sometimes you just have to wonder if this administration, in making decisions like these, truly understands the worries that most Americans have to contend with in the Obama economy.”

During Obama’s speech, he said the Keystone pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to Texas refineries, could not contribute to carbon emissions within the United States in order for him to sign off on the plan.