The Keystone XL Pipeline getting passed through the US Senate today is looking less and less likely as Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) struggles once again to whip votes for the project, which all Republicans support and a wide majority of Democrats oppose.
The possible swing vote, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) who often votes with Democrats, released a statement today saying that Congress should not be in the business of approving construction projects and sites, implying that he will vote ‘no’ on the project.
That leaves the coveted Democrat support for the pipeline one vote short of the 60 needed in order to get it sent to President Obama’s desk, which he would likely veto anyway.
It is still unclear of how Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) will vote, though he is reportedly “leaning no.” Definite ‘no’ votes that were once ‘undecided’ include Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).
This is not the first time around that Landrieu has failed to whip Democrat 60 votes in the Senate, despite espousing her “clout” as Senate Energy Chairwoman.
Previously, when trying to just whip Democrat 60 votes to get the Keystone Pipeline project on the Senate floor for a vote, Landrieu claimed she had 60 votes to get the vote and to pass the project.
But, when the time came, Landrieu failed at whipping the votes and later said: “I said I would try to deliver 60 votes. That’s all I can do.”
Looks like it will be Deja Vu for Landrieu.