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Senate Attempt To Override Obama's Keystone Veto Fails

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 3:39 PM
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Senate Attempt To Override Obama's Keystone Veto Fails

Posted: 03/04/2015 2:58 pm EST Updated: 35 minutes ago
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, right, looks on as John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, speaks during a news conference after a cloture vote on the Keystone XL pipeline bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The Senate failed to must the two-thirds majority needed to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL legislation on Wednesday. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- The Senate tried, but failed, to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday.

The measure drew 62 "yes" votes, with nine Democrats joining Senate Republicans in voting to override the veto. A two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, is needed to override a presidential veto. The Senate's original vote on the legislation in January yielded 62 "yes" votes as well.

Obama vetoed the bill last week, arguing that the bill "conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment."

Because the proposed pipeline crosses an international border, the State Department is tasked with taking the lead on the decision about whether to grant a permit for the project. The department's consideration process is ongoing.

The Keystone veto was the third of Obama's presidency.

Senate Republicans, and some Democrats, have criticized the the president for taking too long to render a decision on the pipeline, leaving would-be builder TransCanada in the lurch.

"He's been studying for over six years. Over six years! And he vetoed it because we cut his review process short," said Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in a floor speech Wednesday.

Obama has not clarified when he intends to issue a final decision on whether to grant Keystone a permit. He told Reuters this week that a decision could come in "weeks or months," and stated rather nonspecifically, "I think it will happen before the end of my administration."

Senate Keystone supporters vowed that this would not be the last time the subject is debated on the floor. "This is coming back," said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), adding that it would likely come up again in the context of infrastructure or energy legislation.

"If we don't win the battle today, we'll win the war, because we'll find another piece of legislation to attach this to," said Hoeven before the vote.

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