The Hill

The State Department is bashing House GOP legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The legislation, which Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is pushing, "imposes narrow time constraints and creates automatic mandates that prevent an informed decision," Kerri-Ann Jones, the State Department's Keystone point woman, says in written testimony set to be delivered to a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel Wednesday morning.

Terry's legislation would put the final verdict on the pipeline into the hands of the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), not the State Department. The bill instructs FERC to issue a permit and limits its discretion to reject the project.

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