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Durbin Expects Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Senator Dick Durbin (D. IL) believes that even if the Senate passes the Keystone XL Pipeline, he expects Obama to still veto it.
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Sure hope he's right about this:

A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes.

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Senate is expected to consider it on Tuesday.

The 45 Republicans in the Senate need to find 15 Democrats to join them in voting for the pipeline in order to send the bill to Obama. The legislation circumvents the need for approval of TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been considering it for more than six years.

"It's within a vote or two," Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said of current Senate support, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I've done the counts and I can tell you it appears it may succeed or fail on a procedural vote with one or two senators making a difference.

"We are one vote short as we left last week. I know they're burning up the phone lines and emails trying to find that vote to support the procedural move. I don't know how successful they've been."

Obama has indicated that he will veto the Keystone Pipeline XL if it passes in the Senate at the G20 summit in Australia.


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