House Showboats By Passing Keystone Pipeline Bill For 9th Time
[su_right_ad]Whether it passes the Senate or not is irrelevant since it’s sure to get a White House veto. Republicans rushed to do this as soon as possible after the election to show how smart they are.
Friday’s House vote was 252-161. Supporters included 31 House Democrats — but not Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who publicly backs the pipeline. Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash voted “present.”
The Senate on Tuesday will take up identical Keystone legislation, which is being promoted heavily by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in advance of her Dec. 6 runoff election. But under a deal with Republicans, the bill that clears the Senate would be the House version sponsored by her runoff opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
As of Friday morning, Keystone supporters could count on backing from 59 senators, including every Republican senator and 14 Democrats. The latest was Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), whom Landrieu listed as a supporter during a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon.
The pro-Keystone side is still waiting for word on whether Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) or Angus King (I-Maine) will come down on their side. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), an avowed “no” on the bill as recently as Thursday, is also facing pressure to switch sides.
Being ignored is that the Keystone Pipeline would produce oil that is not sold domestically.
The president also seemed to endorse the argument — pushed by Keystone opponents like billionaire Tom Steyer — that the oil moving through the pipeline would end up being exported abroad. “Understand what the project is, it will provide the ability for Canada to pump their oil and send it through their land down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else,” he said.[su_csky_ad]