The newly GOP-controlled US Senate has approved the Keystone XL Pipeline in a 62-36 vote, with three Democrats joining all 53 Republicans.
However, the issue is far from over.
Now the White House will be in an embroiled battle with the US Congress, as the Senate and House versions of the Keystone legislation must still be synchronized.
The White House and liberal Democrats have been fighting the Keystone Pipeline for years now. Notable Democrats opposed to the energy project are Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Boxer told the AP that passing the Keystone Pipeline was a “disgrace.”
“This bill is a disgrace,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee. “We tried on our side to make this a better bill and they turned us away.”
Reid and Boxer both received campaign cash from former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who desperately tried to get Democrats on board with the project, but ultimately failed.
President Obama is likely to veto the pipeline project and this could be worrisome for Republicans, as they do not right now have the votes to override a veto.