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jct74
12-06-2014, 09:08 AM
Rep. Justin Amash again votes 'present' on Keystone XL pipeline legislation

By Andrew Krietz
on November 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. Repeating his previous action, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash stood as the only House Republican to not vote in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Amash, R-Cascade Township, voted "present" on a bill Friday to allow the construction of the controversial pipeline, which would run from the U.S./Canadian border to the Gulf Coast.

The project garnered more Democratic support this time than it did back in May 2013, with a total of 252 representatives voting for and 161 against. Amash not only broke rank with colleagues but was the only House member to vote "present."

Amash previously explained he supports the pipeline being built, but does not agree with any one company in this case, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. standing out in any bill.

When asked whether the same logic applied with this latest vote, Amash spokesman Will Adams emailed, "Yes."

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http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/11/rep_justin_amash_again_votes_p.html

Tyreez
12-06-2014, 01:59 PM
Big up Justin Amash. Real principled dude there.

William Tell
12-06-2014, 02:01 PM
Does anyone know if the Keystone bill specifically authorizes eminent domain?

I think pretty much every pipeline requires a violation of property rights.

invisible
12-07-2014, 05:08 PM
Does anyone know if the Keystone bill specifically authorizes eminent domain?

I think pretty much every pipeline requires a violation of property rights.

IIRC, it does, and the reason is because they want to route it close to or through several population centers such as Kansas City. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I read that, or have a link, but it should be easy enough to come up with a source if you want to look for one.

William Tell
12-07-2014, 05:13 PM
Keystone Pipeline Eminent-Domain Foes Fight Nebraska Law (2)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-09-27/keystone-pipeline-eminent-domain-foes-seek-nebraska-court-order

William Tell
12-07-2014, 05:14 PM
Keystone Pipeline Sparks Property Rights Backlash
http://www.texastribune.org/2012/02/17/keystone-pipeline-sparks-property-rights-backlash/

Southron
12-07-2014, 05:26 PM
Private property will be seized to build a pipeline for a Canadian company?

William Tell
12-07-2014, 05:30 PM
Private property will be seized to build a pipeline for a Canadian company?

If you don't like that, you hate America.:cool: