Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
The measure fell short of the threshold needed to override a veto. It also needs to be reconciled with the House version.
The bill authorizes construction of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline to carry oil primarily from Canada's tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
Critics argue the $8 billion project would spell disaster for global warming. Supporters call it a jobs bill that would boost energy security.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Many Baton Rouge hotels completly booked for football-filled weekend
Police investigating racial slur left on LSU students' door
Three in jail following Ascension Parish crime spree
Residents see first debris pick up in Livingston Parish since flood
Tickfaw State Park hopes to reopen sometime in 2017