GOP: Keystone wrapped in 'red tape' by Obama

Rep. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Markets roiled by Trump's new tariff threat | Trump lashes out at Canada over trade | Warren looks to block Trump pick for consumer agency 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families MORE (R-La.) on Saturday said President Obama is more interested in "rolling out the red tape than the red carpet" when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline.

In the weekly Republican address, Cassidy called on the Obama administration to approve the Keystone pipeline because it would create some 40,000 jobs across the country in energy, manufacturing, and construction.  

Cassidy also said that while the Keystone pipeline is billed as a hazard by environmentalists, it would actually be safer than shipping oil on trains or trucks.

“The State Department says that building this pipeline creates 42,000 direct and indirect jobs, has a negligible impact upon the environment and saves lives as there are fewer accidents shipping oil by pipeline instead of rail or truck," Cassidy said.

“President Obama and his allies like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are more interested in rolling out the red tape than the red carpet for these jobs," he added. 

Cassidy criticized Democrats for the gridlock in Washington and said projects such as the Keystone pipeline are just what is needed to put hurting people back to work. 

He suggested that if Republicans regain control of the Senate in November, they would push through projects such as the Keystone pipeline. 

“Together, we must stop Harry Reid and the senators who support him from blocking the Keystone XL pipeline – blocking the jobs, the opportunity that it creates," Cassidy said. "It’s time to retire Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate."