The House of Representatives easily approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Nov. 14, the first vote on the controversial issue since Congress returned to Washington this week for its lame duck session.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 161 and was sent to the Senate, which is to vote on the measure next week.
President Obama, however, reiterated while still on his Asian trip this week that he will veto any bill authorizing the pipeline because it is still being evaluated by the U.S. State Department — a requirement since the pipeline would cross an international border.
The Keystone, which is to carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast, is hotly opposed by environmentalists and by some residents in Nebraska, one of the states in the pipeline’s path.
A court suit is being played out in the state on the issue there and a supporter of the pipeline, Rep. Lee Terry (R), was defeated in the November election by a pipeline opponent, Brad Ashford (D).
Source: Transport Topics