A group of Senate Republicans is pushing forward legislation that would require the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project in the next 60 days.
The 17-hundred mile pipe would carry oil from Canada to Texas, passing through Nebraska and over an aquifer that provides water to several states.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced it would delay a decision on the pipeline until 2013 so the State Department can take more time to study the environmental impact.

Republicans who introduced the new bill said the pipeline is the ultimate shovel ready project that could create 20-thousand jobs. They say it should move forward, unless the president says it’s not in the national interest.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is among the bill’s supporters. “We have spent billions in this country on ‘stimulus’ packages that have not stimulated employment," Hutchison said. " Here we have a non-taxpayer funded entity that will create 100,000 jobs, and produce cheaper energy for families and small businesses in our country.”

You can watch Hutchison’s full statement, here: