Senate Failed to Override Obama’s Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

By Laura Barron-Lopez. The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, falling five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in a 62-37 vote.

It’s the first time Congress has voted on whether to override a veto from Obama and could be a sign of things to come, with Republicans in charge of the House and Senate.

Eight Democrats voted with Republicans to override Obama: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Warner (Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Jon Tester (Mont.).

Keystone supporters are optimistic that Obama won’t veto a six-year highway bill if it includes Keystone, despite vows by the president to veto any attempt to circumvent the federal review process of the pipeline.

If attaching Keystone to a transpiration bill doesn’t work, supporters say, they will try to link it to a broader energy package. (Read more about the fail to override the veto on the Keystone XL Pipeline HERE)

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Keystone veto override fails

By Krishnadev Calamur. The Senate has failed to override President Obama’s veto on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.


The final vote was 62-37, short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto. Supporters of the measure had previously said they lacked the votes.

While issuing his veto, Obama had said Congress was attempting to “circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.” (Read more from this story HERE)

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