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CLAIM: Citing free speech and assembly, Congressional Democrats are criticizing a Department of Transportation proposal to promote pipeline safety while cracking down on violent and illegally disruptive protests of pipeline construction projects.
“This provision is a clear infringement on the basic right of speech and assembly and a poorly veiled effort to undermine the ability of Native and Indigenous communities to advocate for themselves and their tribal lands,” Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said in a statement, as reported by Politico.
A spokesman for House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone claims the legislative proposal would be “used as …
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Joining states across the country, the Trump Administration is seeking to promote pipeline safety while cracking down on violent and illegally disruptive protests of pipeline construction projects that have become increasingly common in recent years.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, released a legislative proposal that “prioritizes safety, promotes innovation, and encourages reliable energy infrastructure in the United States.”
“The Department looks forward to working with Congress to pass a robust pipeline safety reauthorization bill that will strengthen the safety of critical energy transportation infrastructure,” Secretary Chao said in a news release…