Indiana Democratic US Senator Joe Donnelly is supporting new bipartisan legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without requiring a permit from President Obama to move forward. Earlier this month, the Obama Administration announced plans to indefinitely extend the government’s review of the pipeline. Donnelly said, “I’m supporting this bipartisan bill because it would enable Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, ending the long delay. This legislation is simple: If Congress passes legislation to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline, this project will move ahead. I have long been a strong supporter of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline and will continue to push for its approval because of its potential to create jobs and improve our energy and national security.” The legislation introduced Thursday has the backing of 56 Democrats and Republicans. Indiana is not part of the nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline route, which would start in Canada and travel through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska. Donnelly’s support for the bill follows the April 10, 2014, letter that Donnelly and ten of his Senate colleagues sent to President Obama a letter calling on the President to make a final decision no later than May 31, 2014, on the Keystone XL pipeline permit application. To read the letter, click here. You can hear comments from Senator Donnelly to the Region News Team online at News Audio on Demand here at our website.