WASHINGTON DC - Just hours before a crucial vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged the new Republican-controlled Congress and the White House to get together and approve the long-delayed project.
"There are a number of economic issues and job issues that we want them to get done. That happens to be one of them. So the answer is 'yes.' We want to get every jobs issue that we can out and as many jobs created as we can to get the economy going," Trumka told reporters after the election.
Earlier in the year, the AFL-CIO issued a statement saying the Keystone XL project was more than a pipeline. "It's a lifeline," they said.
Despite the AFL-CIO and other unions urging to move forward, Illinois' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin voted to stop the program's progress. Durbin's vote irked Decatur union member Michael McBride, who wrote to the Herald-Review that Durbin's vote was a "slap in the face."