WASHINGTON - Maine's two U.S. represenatives today cast opposing votes on a House measure to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline.
Second District Republican Bruce Poliquin voted for the measure, saying, in a statement, that the pipeline will help lower the cost of heating homes and will increase production of natural gas and oil to help create more jobs.
First District Democrat Chellie Pingree voted against the legislation. In a statement, she said that the Keystone pipeline would create very few American jobs and do little to address the nation's energy needs.
The U.S. Senate will begin debate on the pipeline proposal next week. President Obama has already said that he plans to veto the measure if it passes.