Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.
The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.
Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need.
Sen. John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Full police press conference on murder of Sadie Roberts-Joseph
Tuesday vigil planned for Sadie Roberts-Joseph
Broome discusses storm clean up, murder of Baton Rouge icon
Family members of murder Baton Rouge icon speak out
Pointe Coupee seeing flash flooding from Barry, crews out placing sandbags