Senate to Vote on Keystone XL

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On Friday, the House passed legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  The Senate is set to vote on the issue Tuesday. It appears as though the Senate has 58 votes in favor of Keystone, but it is unclear whether or not the necessary 2 more votes will emerge.  Even then, many close to the situation believe President Obama will still veto the project.

The pipeline plan will be one of the central issues in the December 6 runoff election between Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican Representative Bill Cassidy in Louisiana.  Landrieu beat out Cassidy 42 percent to 41 percent on November 4 with tea partier Rob Maness coming in third with 14 percent. Unfortunately for Landrieu, most of the voters who chose Maness will probably switch over to Cassidy in the runoff.

Both candidates will be seeking to highlight their stances on Keystone due to the number of Louisianans who work in the oil and gas industry. Landrieu is the Chair of the Senate Energy Committee, and Natural Resources has been a longtime friend of the oil and gas industry, but the final bill that would make it to President Obama’s desk was written by Cassidy. Still, Landrieu’s prospects look dim, as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee canceling $2 million worth of TV ads for Landrieu.

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