This bill would provide Canadian energy company, Transcanada, with Congressional approval of a permit to begin construction on 1,700 miles of expansions to an existing oil pipeline.
The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the project following a February Nebraska state court ruling that made a portion of the pipeline route invalid. This bill seeks to bypass the President's delay; however, the pipeline crosses an international border, and therefore authority falls to the State Department (part of the administration) to approve or deny the project. The project's cost is $5.4 billion. Numbers vary widely on job creation, depending on the source.