In defiance of President Barack Obama, the Senate passed legislation Thursday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. This will be the first bill passed by the Republican-controlled Senate which will be vetoed by Obama… one of many to come.
Senate Republicans called up the Keystone bill as the first piece of legislation in the new Senate, and gave the Senate a different look by allowing consideration of several amendments to the bill throughout January.
The Senate failed to advance it earlier in the week, but after several more days and several more amendments, the Senate was able to win over enough Democratic votes and pass it. The final vote was 62-36, and only 51 were needed for passage.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said earlier in the day that it’s time to pass the common-sense bill that Republicans and even many Democrats support.
“Constructing Keystone would pump billions into our economy. It would support thousands of good American jobs,” McConnell said. “And as the president’s own State Department has indicated, it would do this with minimal environmental impact.”
“So let’s make some progress for the American people by voting to pass the Keystone jobs and infrastructure bill,” he added.
via The Blaze
This pipeline would create thousands of jobs, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Gas prices can’t stay this low forever, and increasing our supply of oil produced from North America is essential for economic prosperity.
It is unfortunate that Obama is so rigid in his green-ideology, that he is willing to stop it even after his own State Department reported that it would be environmentally safe.
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