The Only Congressional Press Release You Wish You Hadn’t Seen Today

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Republican leaders object during a press conference to President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline in 2012.
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Marina Koren
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Marina Koren
Sept. 19, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

When the State De­part­ment ap­proved the con­struc­tion of the Key­stone XL pipeline in 2008, it launched a roller-coast­er ride of de­bate in Wash­ing­ton. Five years later, en­ergy lob­by­ists, en­vir­on­ment­al­ists, and Con­gress re­main firmly strapped in.

To com­mem­or­ate the an­niversary of its au­thor­iz­a­tion, House Re­pub­lic­ans sent out a press re­lease de­tail­ing the his­tory of the pipeline, com­plete with 16 re­ac­tion­ary GIFs to il­lus­trate each im­port­ant mo­ment. The re­lease, pre­sum­ably an ef­fort to en­gage young voters, is a mil­len­ni­al feast for the eyes.

The House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee starts by al­low­ing Jim Car­rey to show how the pub­lic ought to have felt five years ago:

And in Oc­to­ber 2010, when then-Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said her de­part­ment was “in­clined” to ap­prove the pipeline, this time with Jimmy Fal­lon:

When in 2012 Pres­id­ent Obama re­jec­ted Tran­sCanada’s ap­plic­a­tion for a pres­id­en­tial per­mit to build the pipeline:

When in March, the Sen­ate passed a budget amend­ment call­ing for ap­prov­al of Key­stone XL con­struc­tion:

There’s more. Oh, so much more. But to sum up, here’s how the com­mit­tee feels today:

This isn’t the first time Re­pub­lic­ans have tried to woo mil­len­ni­als well-versed in GIF-speak. In Ju­ly, the con­ser­vat­ive think tank Her­it­age Found­a­tion pub­lished a 23-GIF list­icle on BuzzFeed ex­plain­ing how Obama­care will neg­at­ively af­fect young­er people. A GIF fea­tur­ing an ex­cited Jimmy Fal­lon ap­pears in both of these lists, so per­haps the GOP should start dig­ging deep­er on Tumblr for its next one.

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