Paul Ryan Suggests Tying Keystone Pipeline To Debt Ceiling Vote


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday suggested that Republicans link the next vote to raise the debt ceiling to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“I, for one, think we need to do more in the energy sector. I believe we need to approve Keystone Pipeline. We need to produce regulatory certainties to all this private capital that develops this energy boon,” Ryan said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show when asked about what the GOP may try to get from the debt ceiling vote. “If we just get the government out of the way, it could be a real renaissance of oil and gas exploration in America, lower our gas prices, stop sending this money to foreign countries.”

In September, Republicans considered demanding approval of the pipeline during any vote on the debt ceiling, but dropped the tactic. 

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