Keystone XL Pipeline, interstate beef sales top constituent concerns, says SD Congressman

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Making an appearance at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo over the weekend was South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson.

He says he’s getting a lot of questions and feedback from constituents, a lot of them reacting to President Biden’s string of executive orders during his first ten days in office. Johnson calls the order, revoking the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, ‘an unfair play.’

“If we want to be a place where large projects continue to get done, any project this size takes a number of years,” said Johnson. “Who would invest a billion dollars in a new transportation or energy project if they think the new norm in America is it could bring the cancellation of your project?”

Johnson also says people discussed allowing state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines online, which would allow small producers and processors better access to the market. Johnson has partnered with Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar on the bill known as the DIRECT Act, or Direct Interstate Retail Exemption for Certain Transactions.

Senator Mike Rounds reintroduced similar legislation last week that would also allow local meat and poultry products to be sold across state lines.

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