SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican congressional delegation is criticizing the president’s veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Sen. John Thune, South Dakota’s senior senator, says President Barack Obama’s veto is disappointing but not surprising.
The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would transport Canadian oil through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry the oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
Sen. Mike Rounds says Obama has chosen to appease the “far-left wing” of his political base instead of doing what’s best for Americans.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says the president’s decision is veto on jobs, South Dakota counties and relief for a transit system already over-crowded with oil transport.
Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama’s veto.