Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) issued the following statement today regarding the House passage of H.R. 3, legislation that approves the permitting of the Keystone XL Pipeline project:

“In recent years, energy prices and the economy have taken Americans on a roller coaster ride.  I was sent to Washington to work on solutions that will boost our economy and create jobs for all Americans, and the Keystone Pipeline project accomplishes this and more.  Not only will this project create thousands of jobs, it will pour billions into our economy, lower the cost of energy, and put us on a path towards North American energy independence.  I will continue to support infrastructure projects like Keystone XL and Interstate 73, that lift our economy, create thousands of much-needed jobs, and lower the cost of doing business in America. ”

H.R. 3 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 241-175. View the full text here.

Click here to view Rep. Rice’s floor speech during debate on H.R. 3.