President Barack Obama has vetoed the Republican bill set forth in the U.S. Senate that would have led to the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. On Tuesday, the White House forwarded a notice to the Senate regarding Obama’s veto, just after the bill was received by the White House. This is Obama’s third veto of his two terms in office.
For now, Obama’s veto puts a stop on one of the GOP’s top legislative priorities. This move by the president reaffirms his authority over the massive project that has been thrown into the spotlight in the national debate on global warming and climate change.
Congressional Republicans are speculated to attempt to override Obama’s veto, though they have not shown that they will be able to capture the votes needed to force the bill into law. They would have to get a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), the bill’s primary sponsor, stated Republicans are around four votes short in the Senate and 11 short in the House.
By Alex Lemieux
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