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Sarah R. Bratko, Esq.
Manager of Governmental Affairs
401-223-1120, ext. 115
This week, the US Senate kicked debate over legislation to approve
the Keystone XL pipeline, voting 63-32 to take up a bill that would
short-circuit President Obama's authority over the $8 billion pipeline.
Ten Democrats and one independent joined every Republican in advancing the Keystone bill, though some pipeline backers in Obama's party could end up opposing the legislation in a final vote if Republicans attach amendments that pull it to the right during what could be a weeks-long open floor debate. The addition of efforts to restrict Obama's pending climate rule for power plants, for example, could cut into Keystone's Democratic support. A bipartisan amendment boosting energy efficiency, on the other hand, could help win more votes for the pipeline bill.