Fresh after winning a decisive Senate majority in yesterday’s election, Republicans in the U.S. Senate will introduce legislation early in 2015 to approve final construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. Republican Senator John Hoeven said it will “be one of the first bills” introduced in the new Congress.
Hoeven, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and represents the oil-laden state of North Dakota. He reported that he is already aware of 56 co-sponsors and that the extra boost of yesterday’s election, he believes, will ultimately yield more than 60 “who clearly support the legislation.” The Senator was clear that, even if U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the stand-alone bill, Republicans would then attach it to mandatory legislation, such as an appropriations bill.
By Gregory Baskin