In a not-so-surprising move by President Barack Obama, the Keystone XL Pipeline was vetoed once it hit the president’s desk.
Keystone is favored by a majority of the public, Obama vetoed the pipeline which Republicans passed in the new congress and is now currently tied up with Homeland Security funding.
The veto is only the third veto of Obama’s full tenure as president.
Obama said he vetoed Keystone because it “cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety and environment,” saying that he questions if the pipeline serves the national interest.
However, the fight for Keystone is not over.
Now, Republicans in the House and Senate will look to override the veto by Obama. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell and House Speaker John Boehner said in a joint op-ed that the president was “mistaken” if he thought the fight was over.
Former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who was defeated by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), once tried to get Keystone passed through the senate, but failed to get it out of the Senate Energy committee.