U.S. President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The move, while expected, is still significant because it is only the third time that the current U.S. president has opted to shoot down a bill passed by Congress.
“I am returning herewith without my approval … the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act,” the president said in a letter to the U.S. Senate notifying it of the veto. “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent long-standing and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.”
The White House position is that cross-border pipeline permits are a matter for the president to decide – not Congress – and that the Keystone XL bill was an attempt to usurp a presidential responsibility. Click here to read more.
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