November 14, 2014

House (Again) Approves Keystone XL, Sends to Senate

As expected, the House – for the ninth time – passed a bill that would allow for the construction of Keystone XL, an oil pipeline that’s been stymied by the Obama administration for years. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it suddenly commands the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat incumbent who’s fighting to retain her seat after falling behind in her runoff race with Bill Cassidy. Whether Keystone will get the 60 votes needed in the Senate is unknown, and it faces a likely veto by Barack Obama even if it garners enough support. Either way, Democrats are looking to take advantage – if Barack Obama vetoes it, he and his ecofascist constituents get what they want, while Landrieu can claim to have opposed Obama on something. Republicans’ best bet is to approve the bill come January. The Washington Examiner’s Zack Colman points out, Republicans “will have a filibuster-proof majority when combined with centrist Democrats who back Keystone XL,” and it’s possible “pipeline boosters could override a presidential veto if legislation to approve it is combined with a bigger energy or spending bill.”

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