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Plain and simple, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., voted against Bill S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.”

This is a slap in the face to all card-carrying members of trade unions around the nation. Unions such as the pipefitters, operating engineers, laborers, UAW, and many more, and labor in general.

Why? Simple, it is these hardworking men and women of these unions who would have benefited by the passage of this bill that would have created jobs for us, prevented layoffs and lowered our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

Pipefitters to weld the pipe. Operating engineers to operate the pipe layers, wheeled tractor scrapers and other products made in Illinois by UAW brothers and sisters, some right here in Decatur. Laborers, well, you get my point.

These are the same men and women who just three weeks ago went into the voting booths and gave their “hero” another six years to pat us on the back with one hand but stab us in the back with the hand that pushed the "nay" button on Nov. 18.

Haven't we learned the old adage, "Fool me once, shame on you? Fool me twice, shame on me?"

This is exactly why I didn’t vote for this, in name only, "friend of labor."

Michael McBride

Decatur

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