The Obama administration’s latest Keystone XL delay is having an unintended consequence: the revival of the effort in Congress to circumvent the White House by forcing approval of the project.
Keystone XL supporters are falling short in their efforts to round up the Democratic votes in the Senate to bypass the White House and approve the Canada-to-U.S. oil pipeline.
The focus of the Keystone XL debate has shifted from a fierce lobbying war in Washington to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the state Supreme Court has been asked to weigh a legal challenge to the pipeline.
Recent railroad accidents are increasing the chances President Barack Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, said Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican.
Senators retreated to their partisan corners after the chamber failed to advance a Democratic plan to restore emergency jobless benefits that expired Dec. 28 for 1.3 million Americans.
U.S. Senate Democrats who back TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline are pressing Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote to bypass President Barack Obama’s administration by forcing the project’s approval.
A sputtering U.S. job market is encouraging supporters seeking to force President Barack Obama to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline before the November election.
"I'll likely support it, but I still have to go through the details."
- John Hoeven on Jul 08, 2014