That was liberal Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE's (D-Nev.) response Thursday to the growing number of Americans calling for him to let his Senate colleagues vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that — thanks to the jobs, energy security and other economic benefits it will provide — is supported by a broad coalition of Americans including business and labor organizations and folks on Main Streets and at kitchen tables throughout the country.
Much like the Obama administration, which has stood in the way of this important project for years, Reid has shown time and again that he and his liberal Senate allies are completely detached from the values and needs of middle-class American families.
It's unacceptable, if unsurprising, that Reid and his supporters would simply laugh off Americans' desire to move forward with this beneficial project. And it underscores just how important a change of Senate leadership is for the millions of Americans wishing to turn the page on our current economic doldrums.
This week marks six years since paperwork was submitted to build the Keystone XL pipeline. In those six years, five environmental impact studies have made Keystone XL the single most studied pipeline in our nation's history. Time and again, research has shown that the project will have a negligible impact on our environment while producing jobs and other benefits for middle-class families.
It will help provide Americans with a secure source of energy — produced by workers in our own Western states and our allies in Canada, and refined by workers in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast — creating jobs, lowering energy costs and making us less dependent on oil from unfriendly regimes and volatile parts of the world like the Middle East.
Keystone XL would grow America's gross domestic product by billions of dollars, and it is part of an energy revolution that has the potential to benefit our families for decades to come. As The Wall Street Journal reports this week, America's oil and natural gas boom has outperformed expectations, and its benefits continue to grow thanks to innovative new technology that improves both productivity and safety.
In YG Network's recently released book, Room To Grow, Adam White takes note of this boom, and lays out a set of smart reforms to cut families' energy costs while enabling even more growth and innovation in our economy. "Americans can benefit immensely from the new energy future," he writes, "but they must be allowed to help chart that future."
Research consistently shows a strong majority of Americans support moving forward with Keystone XL. Yet unfortunately, as White also notes, "[i]n recent years, middle-class households have had an energy policy imposed upon them by regulators and ideologues."
He's right: for political and ideological reasons — including appeasing their billionaire left-wing donors — Reid, President Obama, and their allies continue to stand in the way of progress. Even the liberal Washington Post editorial board has criticized the administration's "foot-dragging," calling their behavior "absurd," and "embarrassing."
Thankfully, the conservative-led U.S. House of Representatives has been relentless in pursuing energy policies that benefit hardworking Americans, and this week they will pass yet another package of commonsense legislation to help middle-class families benefit from our country's energy boom.
Meanwhile, even as Reid works to obstruct and undermine pro-middle class policies, strong voices in the Senate — such as Sens. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Fla.), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Manchin-McConnell meet amid new voting rights push MORE (R-S.D.), Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyottePoll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Sununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate MORE (R-N.H.), John CornynJohn CornynSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats make case to Senate parliamentarian for 8 million green cards Democrats to make pitch Friday for pathway to citizenship in spending bill MORE (R-Texas), and others — have been working hard to stand up for American families.
As Cornyn wrote earlier this week, these leaders have advocated "sensible, pro-growth energy policies that enjoy bipartisan support, such as approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline and boosting U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas."
So to Majority Leader Reid, who today laughed callously at the suggestion that he stop standing in the way of a project that would benefit millions of American families who are ready to grow our economy, create jobs, lower consumer costs and increase our energy security, I'll simply point to the facts and warn him that it will be hardworking Americans who have the last laugh.
Murray is the founder, senior strategist and chairman of the board of the YG Network.