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May 23rd, 2013

Braley Flip-Flops on Keystone Pipeline Vote

Braley Votes Against ‘Enormous Economic Benefits’ He Voted for a Month Ago

Washington, DC – In a stunning, hypocritical move, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley last night voted against the exact same Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that he voted for during an Energy and Commerce Committee markup just one month prior. Braley’s latest flip-flop over a self-described “bipartisan” jobs bill illustrates his purely politically motivated agenda.

Over the last year, Bruce Braley has praised the Keystone Pipeline bill and offered strong support for this intiative, which the State Department said would create 42,100 jobs:

“I’m encouraged that this bill will help expedite the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.” – Bruce Braley

“The pipeline project is an opportunity to create thousands of jobs in Iowa and the Midwest and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.” – Bruce Braley

“Keystone XL has attracted rare bipartisan support because of the enormous economic benefits it will provide.  It should move forward quickly once it’s approved.” – Bruce Braley
And just last month, Braley reinforced his strong support during the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup, voting for the Keystone Pipeline bill. (H.R. 3, Ordered reported favorably to the full House 30-18: R 26-0; D 4-18, 4/17/13, Braley Voted Yea)

Yet, one month later, Braley voted against approval for the Keystone Pipeline – the exact same bill he voted for just a month earlier. (H.R. 3, CQ Vote #179: Passed 241-175: R 222-0; D 19-175, 5/22/13, Braley Voted Nay)

What changed?

“In a purely partisan vote, Bruce Braley flip-flopped his position on the Keystone Pipeline and voted with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda and against the ‘enormous economic benefits’ he once touted,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “The Keystone pipeline is a rare issue of bipartisan agreement in Washington, but Bruce Braley still managed to politicize it.  Braley’s latest flip-flop reinforces the conventional wisdom that his loyalties clearly lie with Pelosi and extreme liberal groups willing to finance his campaign – not Iowans.”

NRSC Press Release


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