Soaked with contributions from oil and gas interests, members of Republican-controlled House easily approve tar sands pipeline project
With members who receive large financial backing from oil and gas interests playing the dominant role, the House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday evening which would force the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been approved by the Senate, the passage sets up a promised veto of the measure from President Obama as it heads to his desk.
President Obama would veto a bill that would allow for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House said Tuesday.
"If this bill passes this Congress the president wouldn’t sign it," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The White House’s announcement comes the Republican-controlled Congress was being sworn in – and whose members have pledged to pass a bill authorizing the pipeline’s construction.
The pipeline's proponents fell one vote short Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated a bill, 59 to 41, that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rebuffing a Democratic colleague, Senator Mary L. Landrieuof Louisiana, who had hoped to muscle the legislation through in advance of her uphill runoff election fight back home.
House Democrats are not happy that their colleagues in the Senate are “playing a game” to help boost Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in her uphill December runoff by pushing through legislation that would greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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Is this check-mate?
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