According to sources, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. On the strength of a new Republican majority and with the support of 28 Democrats, the legislation passed with a vote of 266 to 153.
When it reaches the new Senate next week, the Republican majority will need the support of just six Democrats to pass it.
Proponents of the international oil pipeline cite its potential for extensive job creation and increased energy independence for Americans. Many on the left have opposed construction, however; and Barack Obama has indicated he would veto any such legislation.
Despite a recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that addressed concerns about the pipeline extending through the state and House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that Obama “is now out of excuses” in his opposition, a White House source indicated the proposal will still die upon landing on the president’s desk.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that “the House bill still conflicts with longstanding executive branch procedures regarding the authority of the president and prevents the thorough consideration of complex issues that could bear on U.S. national interests and, if presented to the president, he will veto the bill.”
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