Keystone Pipeline vote expected today
WASHINGTON - Maine independent Sen. Angus King is leaving open the possibility that he might support legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which appears to be just shy of the 60 votes needed to advance.
King told reporters on the eve of a Senate vote that he is probably going to oppose the bill. But he several times refused to rule out voting for the legislation. The measure currently has the public support of all 45 of the Senate's Republicans and 14 of its Democrats.
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is the bill's chief Democratic supporter, says it has the 60 votes necessary. She has made her efforts to pass the bill a centerpiece of her uphill race in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.