House Passes Bill to Expedite Keystone Pipeline Decision Despite Environmental Concerns

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill (HR 1938) by a vote of 279-147 that would direct President Obama to expedite consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The measure is supported by the American Petroleum Institute, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and the United Association, a building trade union. The bill is opposed by environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Industries Supporting HR 1938

Industries Opposing HR 1938

Building Trade Unions

Unions historically favor Democrats over Republicans, which holds true with Building trade unions as well. When looking at the chamber as a whole, Building trade unions (which support this measure) gave on average 75% less to House members who voted 'YES' ($9,837) than to House members who voted 'NO' ($39,693). However:

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to House members in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contributions data source: