On Keystone Pipeline, McCaskill Demands Use of American Steel

Senator, longtime supporter of pipeline, applauds news of State Department’s green light—sharply questions why American-made steel won’t be part of construction requirements

WASHINGTON – Following news reports today that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is moving forward—and the recent statements from the Trump Administration that it would be doing so without the use of American-made steel—U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a longtime supporter of the pipeline, raised sharp questions:


“I’ve long supported the Keystone Pipeline, and voted to force its approval, but it would be a real punch in the gut for American workers if President Trump’s promise to use American steel isn’t kept.”


McCaskill has long supported “Buy America” provisions for infrastructure projects. McCaskill previously supported an amendment that would have required the use of domestic steel in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


In 2015, McCaskill announced she would vote to override then-President Obama’s veto of a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone Pipeline—which passed the Senate and House on a bipartisan basis—and previously voted to force approval of the project. McCaskill also called on President Obama to implement an explicit timeline for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, highlighting the repeated delays in the approval process over the last several years.


Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/keystone for highlights of McCaskill’s work to support construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.