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Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight

10 months ago Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:21:13 AM CDT May 13, 2014 Tuesday, May 13 2014 May 13, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate.

The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. The pipeline measure would force a decision by President Barack Obama on the long-delayed project to carry oil from Canada to the United States.

Both proposals fell victim to election-year politics Monday night. A procedural motion to end debate on the energy bill without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval. The action also blocks a Senate vote on the pipeline.

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