If this poll is any indication, Americans, by a solid majority, want to save their social entitlement programs and cut defense spending in the battle over the federal budget.
The Congressional Connection Poll surveyed 1,000 adults Feb. 9-12.
"Texas politicians talk tough on eminent domain, but with Keystone we have a private pipeline company acting as a ‘common carrier' and bludgeoning private property owners with eminent domain while many of our Republican leaders cheer from the sidelines . . ."
Despite a presidential permit denied to TransCanada for the Keystone XL project just weeks ago, the company continues to bully and pressure landowners along the Texas pipeline route.
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands crude more than 1900 miles through six states including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. In Texas, the pipeline crosses eighteen counties, from Paris to Pt. Arthur. Groups with landowners near the cities of Paris, Winnsboro, and Wells joined in press events held in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston to ask for support from agencies and officials on the continuing plight of landowners who would be impacted by the pipeline.
"Texas, we have an eminent domain problem," said Terri Hall, director of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF). "There is absolutely zero oversight for pipeline companies that want to take private property from Texans - all you have to do is check the right box on a form and declare yourself a common carrier, no questions asked."