Keystone Failure In Senate Only A Temporary Setback
Although Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Keystone supporters failed to get the bill passed, the incoming Republican-led Senate plans to vote again.By Christian Bryant | November 18, 2014
It's been a political lightning rod for the better part of a decade, but Tuesday was the first time the plan to build the Keystone XL pipeline was put to a vote in the Senate.
Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu forced the vote, which had been in limbo for six years. Landrieu, who is in a close December run-off election, said she felt confident she could get the 60 votes needed to get the bill passed — but was short by one. (Video via C-SPAN)
Despite the Keystone vote's failure, it's uncertain if the bill would've gotten the president's approval. As recently as last week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested President Obama would not sign the bill until the U.S. State Department submitted its review on the Keystone XL project.