House Pressures White House on Pipeline Project

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The State Department is being pushed to make a decision on a proposed $7 billion pipeline project.

A Canadian company wants to build a 1,900-mile pipeline that would stretch from Canada to Texas, carrying crude oil extracted from tar sands.

In a 279-147 vote Tuesday, House lawmakers endorsed a Nov. 1 deadline for the Obama administration to decide whether it will approve the project.

According to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the pipeline would create thousands of jobs.

He said it would also help cut the near $4-a-gallon gas prices.

"Are we going to stand by and watch China receive imports from our ally while we are forced to rely on imports from unstable countries? I sure hope not," Upton said.

The measure will now head to the Democrat-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to pass.

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