Union leader: Senate Democrats acted ‘cowardly’ on Keystone XL vote

Sean Higgins
The Washington Examiner

A top union leader slammed the Senate’s rejection of a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a “vote against all construction workers” and saying that Democratic lawmakers “cowardly” knuckled under to pressure from the White House. Other unions also criticized the Senate.

Terry O’Sullivan, president of the 500,000-member Laborers’ International Union of North America, made the comments in a scathing statement posted late Tuesday after the Senate failed to break a filibuster on a pro-Keystone bill by a 59-41 vote.

“Today’s failure of the U.S. Senate to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline is a vote against all construction workers, a vote to keep good, middle-class jobs locked out of reach and a vote to continue to rely on nations that hate America for our energy,” O’Sullivan said…



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