Keystone Pipeline Hovering in Uncertainty Before Big Vote

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 and is filed under Blog

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There’s more than one major issue coming to a head during the lame duck session of Congress this year. One of the biggest votes is happening tonight, on construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

While they still have some control, the Left would like to quell the debate on moving forward with the controversial legislation, but American energy prospects may put a damper on their hopes.

The Obama Administration has procrastinated on the issue for years, despite ample support from at least 62 Senators two years ago. Detractors say the pipeline will cause environmental stress but research has shown that not to be the case.

Heritage Foundation energy policy analyst Nick Loris wrote:

“The State Department has conducted multiple environmental reviews, concluding that the pipeline would be safe and not contribute significantly to climate change.”

Now, a bill in support of the Pipeline has passed the House and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate.  The Senate version is bipartisanly sponsored by Sen. Mary Landreiu (D-LA) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) so supporters remain hopeful — but nothing is certain right now.

The bill easily passed the House but Hoeven told MSNBC earlier today that they had only 59 of the 60 necessary “yes” votes confirmed, with a few “maybes” on the fence.

In fact, even if the bill is passed in the Senate, President Obama will likely veto it. However, the political symbolism of the pipeline is part of why the votes politicians take on it matter. It has become a very visible issue representing expanding domestic energy production.

A majority of Americans support building Keystone and Speaker John Boehner said today that if Obama vetoes the bill, he’d be “calling the American people stupid.”

Landrieu is currently embroiled in a runoff Senate race with opponent Bill Cassidy. She’s taken Keystone on as a priority issue and is reported to have been scrambling today in effort to secure the necessary votes in the Senate.

The vote is set for Tuesday evening, so we’ll soon see if Washington had the guts to listen to the American people. If Obama vetoes a passed bill in both House and Senate, it will only serve to strengthen his reputation for unconstitutionally abusing executive power.