Remember the Keystone XL Pipeline? Well, it is almost here and no thanks to the efforts of former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and the rest of the Democratic party.
After a slew of new Republicans get sworn in tomorrow, in which they’ll control the House and the Senate, the new Senate GOP Leadership plans on taking up legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, bypassing the Obama administration.
Though the energy project is expected to fly through both chambers of congress, Democrats are still looking to stop the project or at least amend it to water it down.
One Democratic amendment would block the fuel, transmitted through the Keystone pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, from being exported, as Democrats say is currently envisioned by the project’s sponsor, TransCanada.
“We’re going to introduce an amendment to say that the steel used in the pipeline should be made in America, creating American jobs,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY., on Face the Nation Sunday. “We’re going to introduce an amendment that says that the oil that is used in the pipeline should be used in America. Imagine building pipeline that ships Canadian oil across America to be exported to other countries from Texas?”
If President Obama does veto the Keystone Pipeline, Schumer said Democrats do have the votes to block a vote by Senate Republicans to override the veto of the president.