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Legislative News for the Week of January 9, 2012

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Tell Congress to Leave the Internet Alone
Obama Administration Rejects the Keystone XL Pipeline

Rep. Nan Hayworth 
(R-NY) delivered the weekly Republican Address on the House Republicans' Plan for America's Job Creators and the 27 bipartisan bills awaiting action in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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 Tell Congress to Leave the Internet Alone

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are the most recent examples of Washington's attempt to  extend their regulatory reach to threaten Internet security and freedom of speech in efforts to prevent online piracy or the distribution of copyrighted material. Both pieces of legislation would have a serious impact on the Internet's infrastructure, individual liberties, and innovation.  

Hollywood, the music industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have combined forces on the legislation in an attempt to protect valuable copyrighted property.  Opponents have come out against the bill including Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) who claimed the bill was an "extreme measure that would stifle First Amendment rights and Internet innovation." 

An important procedural vote on the legislation is scheduled for next Tuesday in the Senate.  Congressional support for the bills began to wane in response to the the volume of public outrage over the bills and has led to key members withdrawing their support.  
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Call your Representatives and Senators and tell them to leave the Internet alone. We don't need more regulation!

You can reach your Members and Senators through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Obama Administration Rejects the 

Keystone XL Pipeline



On Wednesday, the State Department announced it has rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline plan.  The decision came ahead of the Feb. 21st deadline given to the Obama Administration to make a decision on the pipelinee as part of the deal to extend the payroll tax holiday brokered at the end of last year.  The extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline has been a battle in Washington as Republicans make the case for the Keystone Pipeline's potential to stimulate American job creation amidst Democrat's claims that the pipeline would create environmental concerns. 


The $13 billion Keystone XL Pipeline is a 1,661 mile crude oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast. You can read more details about the project on the TransCanada website here.


Republicans argue the pipeline would create thousands of American jobs, spur economic development and allow for better access to energy resources.  


In a recent Heritage Foundation paper, Nicolas Loris explains the economic case for the Keystone Pipeline"The construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would deliver an additional 700,000 to 830,000 barrels of oil per day to the U.S. from Canada, the U.S.'s largest supplier of oil. Not only is the delay preventing additional imports from Canada, it is also preventing the creation of thousands of private-sector jobs. Building the pipeline would directly create 20,000 truly shovel-ready jobs; the Canadian Energy Research Institute estimates that current pipeline operations and the addition of the Keystone XL pipeline would create 179,000 American jobs by 2035."  


Republicans have vowed to pursue alternative plans to move the pipeline forward-including a bill from Sen. Hoeven (R-ND) that would remove control from the White House and allow for Congressional approval of the project. 


We will continue to bring you more information as the story develops.