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Feb 26, 2013

Tester, Baucus continue to turn up the pressure on White House to approve Keystone

(Washington, DC) - Montana's U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus are joining North Dakota Senator John Hoeven to lead a bipartisan group of senators in pressing newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within the first quarter of the year. In a letter to the State Department, ten Republican and ten Democratic senators call on Kerry and President Obama to provide the public and other stakeholders with a definitive process for approving the project by the end of March. The Keystone XL pipeline has been under review for almost four and a half years.

The Tester-Baucus-Hoeven letter was signed by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Kay Hagan (D- N.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).

The text of the letter follows:

February 22, 2013
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

As you begin your tenure as Secretary of State, we urge you to make the timely approval of the Keystone XL pipeline one of your top priorities. We believe that you and the President should remain committed to reaching a decision within the first quarter of this year.

The State Department received the new route approved by the state of Nebraska on January 22, 2013, but the Department has yet to inform the public and stakeholders of a definitive process for the final decision. We urge you as Secretary of State to ensure that this decision process be completed promptly.

As you noted in your recent discussions with the Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, we have an important energy relationship with Canada. The Keystone XL pipeline will supply both energy from our closest friend and partner and create jobs in the United States. Further delay will continue to hurt job creation and may damage our relationship with Canada. We cannot afford more delay.

Thank you for your consideration

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
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Butte

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Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
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Glendive

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Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
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Great Falls

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Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
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Helena

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Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
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Kalispell

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Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
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Missoula

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Missoula, MT 59802
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