|June 26, 2014|
Previously published on June 20, 2014
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is facing a tough reelection battle for her Senate seat, successfully steered pro-Keystone legislation through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. Republicans - who voted for the legislation - questioned the motives.
"I do question the purpose of today's vote," said Sen. John Barrasso, who heads the Senate Republican Policy Committee, ahead of the vote in the committee that Landrieu chairs. "With all due respect this vote seems more like a cheerleading exercise than a meaningful effort to get Keystone built."
"The obstacle of getting Keystone built is Senator Reid and members of the Senate who continue to elect him majority leader," Barrasso said.
Barrasso voted for the bill, which would approve the project that has long been stalled under White House review. He was joined by other Republicans as well as Landrieu and fellow Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, while other Democrats opposed it.
Landrieu said she'll work to get a vote in the full Senate, although Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was noncommittal at best about the idea on Tuesday.