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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passes in U.S. Senate, Faces Obama Veto

(CBC News)

Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto.

Senators voted 62-36 on the bill to bypass the Obama administration’s review of Keystone, five short of the number needed to overturn a potential rejection by the president. All Republicans present voted for the bill as did nine Democrats.

Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Keystone would be good for the middle class and “pump billions” of dollars into the economy. Click here to read more.