This past week an amendment to the Highway Bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline failed because President Obama lobbied against it.

Amazingly after rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama is now claiming credit for speeding up the southern portion of the project. As Bloomberg News reported, construction on this portion of the project was slated to begin in June whether the President got involved or not.

With gas prices nearing $4 nationwide and the average price per gallon at $3.74 in Arkansas we need to develop all American energy resources and set the political gamesmanship aside. I encourage President Obama to work with Republicans to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. A perfect place to start would be for the President to join with us to finish the remaining two-thirds of the Keystone Pipeline.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and every major labor union estimate the Pipeline will create 250,000 jobs over the course of the project, including 20,000 workers that would have been on the job immediately. For me, that seems like 20,000 good reasons to approve construction of the full pipeline immediately.