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Keystone Vote Doesn't Overcome Obama's Veto

Mar. 5, 2015

Barack Obama’s veto pen is strong. The Senate failed by five votes Wednesday to override Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Even though eight Democrats voted with Republicans, the proposal only got 62 votes. Republicans say this is not the end to the pipeline, though. The bill’s author, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), said, “If we don’t win the battle today, we will win the war, because we will attach it to another piece of legislation.” Already, Republicans are planning to attach a Keystone proposal to a transportation-funding bill that Congress must pass by May 31. If that fails, then lawmakers will attempt to tack Keystone to an energy bill later. This strategy may set up fights like the failed fight to defund Obama in his executive actions granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. It should at least be entertaining. More…

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