— Amy Harder (@AmyAHarder) January 29, 2015
The IJReview Reports:
The Senate decided to move in the direction of a final vote toward passing the approval for the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday. They held a cloture vote, which ends debate, which passed by a margin of 62-35.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced, “he past few weeks have been a whirlwind. But the Keystone jobs debate has been important for the Senate and for our country… The Keystone infrastructure project has been studied endlessly, from almost every possible angle, and the same general conclusion keeps becoming clear: build it.”
Of course, however, the Obama Administration fully intends to veto the Pipeline. The administration released the following statement:
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3, which would immediately authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline and related cross-border facilities and declare that the Secretary of State’s January 2014 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement satisfies the National Environmental Policy Act and any other provisions of law requiring Federal consultation or review with respect to the Keystone XL pipeline or its related facilities.
…if presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.
IJ Review quipped, “It remains unclear whether or not that Congress will be able to override the President’s promised veto, should the bill pass.”