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  • Twenty House Democrats, led by Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex.), wrote to President Obama on Wednesday, asking him to approve the pipeline. The State Department is charged with overseeing the permit, but the president would have to make the decision if any of the other agencies involved in the process challenge State’s final determination.

  • “Across the U.S., Americans are calling for jobs today and the Keystone XL Pipeline project will do exactly that, plus provide huge benefits to our national and local economies, and increase our energy supply and independence from foreign oil,” Green said in a statement. “I urge the President to act now and grant the permit so we can get started on this as soon as possible.”