Anyone have a count of how many times the WH has used the word “veto” this month?
After years of lobbying for its passage — and significant setbacks along the way — the Keystone XL Pipeline has finally passed the upper chamber:
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) January 29, 2015
The bill needed 60 votes to pass. It is now heading to the White House. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: This victory will be short-lived:
The White House promptly declared that Mr. Obama would veto the measure — which would force the approval of a proposed 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico — in a stroke of the pen that is expected to be the opening shot in a series of vetoes of Republican measures.
UPDATE: The legislation earned bipartisan support:
Nine Democrats joined with Republicans to support the bill despite President Barack Obama’s promise to veto it because he thinks the decision should remain up to the executive branch.