From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:
If you are covering the President’s visit to Baltimore, I’d like to make sure you’re aware that the head of Ellicott Dredging, where President Obama just wrapped up his remarks, testified yesterday in front of the House Small Business Committee that he wants the Keystone XL Pipeline approved.
The irony is that President Obama has been dodging and delaying Keystone’s approval, instead of putting the full weight of his office behind this jobs project – to appease his Democratic base. After attempting to control the IRS/AP/Benghazi fiasco, the White House claims today’s trip gets him back to talking about jobs.
But my question is – if President Obama really wanted to create jobs, instead of just talking about them, why didn’t he stay in Washington and approve the Keystone Pipeline without trekking to Baltimore for another campaign-style photo-op?
Congressman Andy Harris had the following to say about the trip:
“President Obama could have stayed in Washington and listened to the testimony of the CEO of Ellicott Dredges who said that we need to build the Keystone Pipeline in order to create jobs.
“The President has been dragging his feet for years on this vital energy project that would create thousands of jobs, including jobs right in Baltimore at Ellicott Dredges.
“Unfortunately, this visit is just another one of President Obama’s campaign-style photo ops. Instead of doing concrete work to create jobs, he’s busy giving speeches and taking pictures.”