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Both of North Dakota's U.S. senators issued statements Tuesday applauding Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's decision to approve an alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

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Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., also both urged President Obama to approve the project without delay.

Hoeven helped in November to put together a letter signed by nine Republican and nine Democratic senators urging the president to approve the project once Nebraska's environmental concerns were addressed.

"Now that those concerns have been addressed, there is no reason to further delay a project that will create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity for the United States," Hoeven said. "After more than four-and-a half-years and an exhaustive review process, it's time to come together, Republicans and Democrats, and do what is clearly in our national interest."

He said Tuesday that he now will gather signatures for a second bipartisan letter. In her statement, Heitkamp said she has signed on to that letter.

"In North Dakota, we know that the Keystone XL Pipeline means American jobs, increased energy security, and the certainty that comes from dealing with our neighbors to the north," Heitkamp said.

She said the pipeline "has already been subjected to an incredibly exhaustive review process, so I hope the President will move swiftly now that concerns about a route through Nebraska are no longer an impediment."

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