To: Rep. Lee Terry (R-Nebraska)

Tell Rep. Lee Terry: Stop holding the government hostage to get Keystone XL approved

Tell Rep. Lee Terry: Stop holding the government hostage to get Keystone XL approved

Stop using Keystone XL as a bargaining chip to end the government shutdown and raise the nation's debt ceiling. It is grossly irresponsible to risk defaulting on America's debts in a bid to fast-track a foreign company's application to use eminent domain and build a pipeline that would pump pollution-heavy tar sands oil through the Ogallala Aquifer and the agricultural stronghold of America, just to be exported to China and other foreign markets.

Why is this important?

In addition to defunding Obamacare, House Republicans such as Rep. Lee Terry — Keystone XL's head cheerleader in Congress — are trying to tie ending the government shutdown and raising the nation's debt ceiling to approval of the risky Keystone XL pipeline, which would wreak havoc on our land, water and climate.

The New York Times reported that, "Mr. Terry said Republicans intended to press hard on the pipeline and would only give in on raising the debt ceiling if Mr. Obama made a clear deal on constructing the pipeline. 'It couldn’t just be some commitment' by the president to look at the issue, Mr. Terry said. 'There’s not a lot of trust on our side of the aisle,' he said. 'It would have to be something rock solid, that the pipeline would be built.'"(1)

It is grossly irresponsible to risk defaulting on America's debts, in a bid to fast-track a foreign company's application to use eminent domain and build a pipeline that would pump pollution-heavy tar sands through the Ogallala Aquifer and agricultural stronghold of America, just to be exported to China and other foreign markets.(2)

Terry's actions disrespect the process, laid out by law, that gauges such a pipeline project's environmental impact, and whether a foreign tar sands export pipeline is in the national interest, when the U.S. is about to overtake Russia as the world's largest oil and gas producer.(3)

"Dang straight," Terry said last week when asked whether he would continue to take his paycheck, while the families of 800,000 furloughed federal workers are forced to figure out how to pay bills and make ends meet during the Republican-led government shutdown.(4)

"I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly," Terry told the Omaha World-Herald.(5)

Does Lee Terry think that none of the 800,000 furloughed federal employees — many of whom, like the Capitol Police in D.C, continue to work even without pay to protect politicians like Terry — also own a house, or are putting their own kids through college?

After a deluge of negative backlash in the hours following his hurtful and outrageously out-of-touch comments, Rep. Terry was forced to issue an apology. But sorry doesn't cut it, Lee. If enough people like you sign my petition, we can build additional pressure on Rep. Terry to back off from his irresponsible demand to see Keystone XL approved before ending the shutdown.

We're sure Lee Terry will be able to buy a much bigger, even nicer house once he is voted out of Congress and gets that job he's been angling for, lobbying for Big Oil. But right now, his selfish actions are hurting working families trying to pay their bills, and endangering the nation's financial stability.

Join me in telling Rep. Lee Terry to stop holding our government hostage to get fast-tracked approval for Keystone XL.

Thank you for your support,
Rachel Gehringer-Wiar

REFERENCES:
1. "Republicans See Keystone Pipeline as a Card to Play in Last-Minute Fiscal Talks," The New York Times, 9/24/13: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/us/republicans-see-keystone-pipeline-as-a-card-to-play-in-last-minute-fiscal-talks.html

2. "TransCanada Pipeline Background and Resources," BoldNebraska.org, 5/26/11: http://www.boldnebraska.org/pipeline-background-resources

3. "U.S. Is Overtaking Russia as Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer," The Wall Street Journal, 10/3/13: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303492504579111360245276476.html

4. "Lee Terry Needs His Salary During Government Shutdown To Pay For His 'Nice House,'" HuffingtonPost.com, 10/4/13: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/lee-terry-government-shutdown-nice-house_n_4044511.html

5. "Lee Terry says he 'cannot handle' giving up own paycheck during shutdown," The Omaha World-Herald, 10/4/13: http://www.omaha.com/article/20131004/NEWS/131009431


Reasons for signing

  • Why create another problem for the United States. We cannot seem to solve any of the Issues that are before us now. Leave My clean water alone.
  • Rep. Lee Terry, is a prime example of how politicians fail, at relating to the people they are supposed to represent.
  • I'm signing this petition because obviously our elected representative, Mr. Terry, has not been paying attention. It is, therefore, our responsibility to VOTE this person out of office and get someone in that truly represents the best interests of our state, our nation, and the our impact on the world.

Updates

2013-10-23 12:25:09 -0700

At a gathering of Big Oil lobbyists and TransCanada in Washington today, Rep. Lee Terry doubled down on his threats to hold talks on the debt ceiling and government funding hostage unless Keystone XL is approved:

"Terry told reporters on the sidelines of the event that he will urge inclusion of Keystone in a budget deal that a House-Senate negotiating committee would try and reach," TheHill.com reported.

"Asked if Keystone is likely to be included in the next debt-ceiling or government funding agreements, which lawmakers must reach early next year, Terry acknowledged difficulties getting the pipeline into a deal. 'It is always going to be out there. So as long as it is hovering above everything, I am going to be the one that tries to bring it down into the discussions.'"

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/330081-rep-terry-obama-showing-disrespect-to-canada-on-keystone-pipeline

2013-10-12 17:54:48 -0700

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2013-10-09 20:11:50 -0700

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