President Barack Obama said he will reject a GOP bill that would fund an extension of payroll tax cuts because it would also jump-start the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which promises to employ more than 10,000 workers and decrease gasoline prices in the United States.
“Any effort to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut, I will reject. So everybody can be on notice,” he said, during an afternoon press conference with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. The pipeline starts in Canada and is strongly opposed by U.S. environmentalists.
“I don’t expect to have to veto it because I expect they’re going to have enough sense over on Capitol Hill to do the people’s business and not try to load it up with a bunch of politics,” Obama added.