Tough Odds for Passage of Keystone XL Bill in Senate

Reuters: “Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” said he would vote against the project.”

“‘Congress is not – nor should it be – in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project,’ Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine, said in a news release.”

“With the 100-member Senate one vote short of the needed 60 to pass a version of a bill that sailed through the House of Representatives last week, supporters including Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu lobbied for more support.”

“King, who often votes with Democrats, had been seen as a possible swing vote despite his support of climate activism. He said he was ‘frustrated’ by President Barack Obama’s failure to make a decision on the pipeline that has been pending for six years.”




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