It was a stupid vote to have and it won't save Mary Landrieu's seat. But they did it anyway, and it didn't jump the filibuster hurdle.
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.
An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.
The vote came after President Obama stopped short of saying he would veto the bill, but he encouraged Congress not to take action before a long-awaited State Department review of the project is fully complete.
The two chambers of Congress moved to vote on the measure shortly after this month's midterm elections, which left a Senate seat in Louisiana up for grabs in a runoff election between Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, and Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican. That vote is slated for Dec. 6, as we reported last week.
We'll note that a researcher who has studied the bill told NPR's S.V. Dáte that of the jobs the project might create, none will be in Louisiana.
"I don't think it goes through that state," said Cornell University's Sean Sweeney, who co-authored a 2012 report scrutinizing the project. "This is less about jobs numbers than it is about advancing the fossil fuel industry's agenda."
But that didn't stop them from doing it anyway.