Rep. Ellmers: Time for a vote on Keystone XL

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) said its time for Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) to bring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline up for a vote in the chamber.

On Sunday, Ellmers blasted the administration for the latest delay in the State Department review of the $5.4 billion pipeline, saying it is time for Congress to act.

"I think it's time for Harry Reid to bring a vote up in the Senate on this issue, so we know where our senators sit on this issue for the American people," Ellmers said on Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures."

Ellmers added that approving Keystone would help the U.S. become energy independent and more secure.

Opponents argue, however, that the pipeline would only add to the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and expand the carbon-intensive oil sands in Alberta, Canada.