Republicans have called President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL unpatriotic and a national embarrassment. What they aren’t saying anything about are proposed amendments to the Keystone bill that they voted down.
The Franken amendment would have required the use of U.S. manufactured goods in the pipeline’s construction. The Markey-Baldwin amendment required that oil transported by Keystone must stay in our country for domestic use. Republicans also voted down an amendment that would mandate campaign disclosures of politicians benefiting from tar sands development and another insuring that a foreign-run entity, TransCanada, could not use eminent domain to acquire property in the U.S.
To insure that these amendments failed, the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity issued seven key vote alerts during the Keystone debate. A vote alert reminds Congress members that a certain issue will count on congressional scorecards kept by the organization. Vote wrong and face future political attacks from the right and loss of campaign contributions. Vote in an industry-approved manner and reap a share of the $988 million the Koch brothers have stated they will spend between now and the 2016 election. Republicans should be careful whom they call an embarrassment.
Lynn Breshears, Coulterville