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Posted on 03/08/2012 4:36:27 PM PST by Libloather
Senate GOP on Keystone: This isnt over
By Andrew Restuccia - 03/08/12 05:34 PM ET
Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project.
The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill.
We intend to continue our efforts, including on this bill, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) told reporters shortly after the Senate Keystone vote. Remember, were going to have to come to an agreement with the House, and I believe there is strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline project in the House as well.
The Senate rejected Thursday night the Republican Keystone measure, which came up as an amendment to the Senate highway bill, in a 56-42 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage.
Were going to continue this fight on behalf of a project that the people of this country very much want, Hoeven said.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) said he hoped the measure could be added either during floor debate on the highway bill in the House or as part of a bicameral conference process aimed at coming to an agreement on the bill.
If not, there will be other bills, Lugar said, noting that Republicans successfully won inclusion in a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut of a measure requiring that Obama make a decision on the pipeline with 60 days.
Obama rejected a key permit for the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline in January, insisting that the decision wasnt based on the merits of the project but on the arbitrary deadline included in the payroll tax cut package.
Eleven Democrats supported the GOP Keystone amendment Thursday, bolstering GOP hopes that the legislation could ultimately pass the Senate.
Obviously, we got a strong majority in the Senate and were working our way toward the 60 votes that we need, Hoeven said. He added that the measure would have won 58 supporters if two Republican lawmakers had been able to attend the vote.
But Democrats and environmental groups quickly claimed victory.
It is a big win for us because everybody thought it was going to pass, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said after the vote.
The big oil companies have been really misleading people about it, so the fact that they lost it, it is a defeat for them.
Republicans quickly sought to pin the blame for the amendments failure on President Obama, who urged Democrats to vote against the measure in a series of private phone calls.
President Obamas personal pleas to wavering Senators may have tipped the balance against this legislation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Thursday night. When it comes to delays over Keystone, anyone looking for a culprit should now look no further than the Oval Office.
Lugar echoed McConnells comments.
I suppose youll give credit to the president for once again blocking something, he said.
Some more compromisin’ on the way to the horizon, to peel off four more Rats.
But, but, rubbers are made from petroleum!
You are so right. Maybe now the GOPPERS will start talking about gas prices instead of getting into catfights about issues that are second-tier.
If the president thinks a president can’t get prices down, we need a new president. One who first believes in trying. And one who stops blocking others trying to lower prices at the pump.
The compromisin’ will be some Democrat give-away, as always, and then having Reid bloviate about it was the Democrats who approved the Bill and get credit for listening to the American Middle Class....(sound familiar?)
Oh those wimp bags known as our GOP always talk big and then cave. They just did that on the birth control issue. Said the SAME thing and yesterday claimed it wasn’t that important.
They are disgusting toadies.
You said a mouthful there.
I don’t even remember the makeup of the Senate...did any Pubbies cross over and say no?
Nice how Lugar injects himself into this fight, like he is a real conservative.
Jam it, Dick.
Who were the two who couldn't show up?
Just DEEM it as passed.
I know Mark Kirk of Illinois is recovering from his recent stroke.
He is still in Illinois I believe.
Not sure of the other Republican.
They have been doing this for FIVE decades & the so-called conservatives sheeple is still not able to comprehend it. Now these wimp bags are all poed because some of the sheeple are demanding results.
Each and every senator that voted against this pipeline should be thrown into a tank full of sharks!
Idiots attack legislators when they’re on the right side of an issue.
Professional courtesy would preclude the sharks from eating them
It ain’t over?
No, it’s over. Yuh got nuttin ..
Smart people recognize posers during an election year. Chumps praise them for their “new found” conservatism.