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December 17, 2014

New Congress Will Tackle Keystone Pipeline First

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the first order of business for the 114th Congress – hopefully with the 67 votes needed to override Obama’s veto powers. “We’ll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support. The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline,” McConnell told reporters. In an effort to show the Republican-led Senate is willing to work with the minority Democrats – who let’s just say haven’t been the most gracious majority in history – McConnell added, “We’ll hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments, but there’ll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process.” This will be a test to see if senators will break from the months of gridlock and put the gloves back on. Hearing how now-Minority Leader Harry Reid is talking about obstructing “crazy stuff,” it seems like the olive branch won’t be received well. More…

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