Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), released the following statement following the Senate’s vote on Monday to take up legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“I want to thank members of Congress – again – for their bipartisan vote in favor of finally building the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama, it’s time to stop being an obstacle to this commonsense, job-creating project.

“Today’s Senate vote shows that the debate over Keystone is over everywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Both the American public and their elected representatives resoundingly support this important piece of energy infrastructure, and any remaining legal obstacles to the pipeline’s construction fell with last week’s decision by Nebraska’s Supreme Court.

“President Obama should reconsider his ill-conceived threat to veto the legislation that will soon be sent to him by Congress, and stop playing politics with our nation’s energy infrastructure.”

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) -   
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.