Skip to comments.Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone
Posted on 05/07/2014 1:49:49 PM PDT by PoloSec
Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project.
Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline as well as a measure to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.
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Publicize this far and wide as gas prices surpass $4 per gallon this summer.
Cockroach infestation calls for some heavy fumigation.
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Somebody needs to take this senile geezer to the woodshed and remind him that he is supposed to be AMERICAN.
The rest of the story should read “And McConnell Sucks His Thumbs”.
I hear the REAL reason Barack Al-Obama is against the Keystone XL pipeline is because he thinks the XL means Xtra Large, as in shirt sizes. Supposedly he is OK with a Keystone Small, or a Medium, and maybe a Keystone L, but he thinks a Keystone XL is just plain excessive. Who knows?
What is”Controversial”about ENERGY INDEPENDENCE And CHEAPER FUEL??????????????????????????
Hey he is just being a good demonrat, if you could come up with the right size token of appreciation you too could get the results you desired.
Obama does NOT want this approved (unions driing the trains filled with Canadian oil, unions unloading the oil, loading the oil, shipping the oil on the rivers andd the barges, unloading the barges, loading the tankers, etc.) ...Ecofreaks alone want it stopped
Obama also does NOT want this disapproved either!
(The jobs and gas prices and OPEC oil topics just mentioned above in the other comments! )
HE DOES NOT WANT AN ANSWER ... But more bureaucratic and senate delays can be ignored by the media, Right?
How about a 34" Louisville Slugger?
But, then I also heard that in college, he supported a minimum wage that varied according to how many dependents one had. A single guy might earn $10/hr, but a guy doing the same work, with the same skill, would get $2.50 extra for each dependent. So a married guy with 3 kids would get $20/hr to help stop “income inequality.” Who knows? Again, it does sound like some “economics” he would espouse!
Maybe Feudal Lord Reid wants Sissy-Boy Obama to Nationalize all of the Oil and Gas US Pipelines first?
Nationalized Oil and Gas pipelines revenues would buy a lot of Cattle Rustlers for Reid’s BLM Raiders, pay shakedown fines to Algore for the EPA illegal CO2 footprint of Obama’s Corporate Jet, Air Force One, and fully fund all annual bonuses for those public servants who daily break Federal Laws at the IRS.
Ahem!, that's just a tad overt, don't ya think? Perhaps something along the lines of a Pinto with a full tank of gas, or a Corvair, or a vintage Ford Explorer, those are the type of gifts that would keep on giving.
How WILL the Republicans ever afford all of the AIR TIME for explaining to the American people all of the things that Democrats have done to hasten the decline of the quality of their lives....
I guess it will depend on us writing letters to the local papers and talking about these things to any and all who will listen.
ah that just ol Hairy Reed....doin the Peoples Bidness.....
how have things come to this..blocking a vote??
what is congress there for???
Gas prices in my part of the S.F. Bay Area have already exceeded four bucks a gallon.
look for 5 bucks and more by Labor Day
Maybe he holds a serious position in Berkshire Hathaway?
And Pos Podesta is pulling those strings as well. Reid became incoherent some time ago.. Watch the man behind the WH curtain..
Well, dude, it's been more than a decade..sure be nice to have that oil now..
Just wave some money in the face of the little droopy pants corrupt crook and he will fold like a card table. Lining his pockets with money is the most important thing in his slimy little corrupt crooked life.
another example of Harry Reid needing to be throw out of power..
WAKE UP VOTERS
FLIP THE SENATE IN NOVEMBER AND HARRY REID IS DEMOTED TO JUST A DUMBA$$ Senator OF NV.
Time to clean house again.......
They are already $4.00 a gal. in Pennsylvania and our Senators do nothing to help the rural senior citizens who are being sent to the poor house...
never in my 71 years have I had it so difficult to get by...
Thanks Robert A. Cook, PE.
Good point. What would you suggest he do instead?
Go on the Senate floor and rebuke Reid. If he wasn’t total moron with no brains he could use clever words to basically stamp Harry senile.
Oh, but that wouldn’t be “bipartisanship”.
He did exactly that. Here's what he said:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to allow a true energy debate that focuses on helping the Middle Class:
Later today, we expect the President to talk about the weather at the White House. Presumably, hell use the platform to renew his call for a national energy tax. And Im sure hell get loud cheers from liberal elites from the kind of people who leave a giant carbon footprint and then lecture everybody else about low-flow toilets.
But the vast majority of Middle Class Kentuckians I represent actually have to worry about things like paying utility bills. And putting food on the table. And finding a job in this terrible economy. Theyre less interested in just doing something on energy they want to do the smart thing. What they want are practical solutions to the problems and the stresses theyre dealing with every day.
Thats what we should be focusing on this week because this debate shouldnt be about alleviating the guilt complexes of liberal elites. It should be about actually achieving the best outcome for the environment, for energy security, and most importantly for the people we were sent here to represent.
And one thing that seems clear is this: even if we were to enact the kind of national energy regulations the President seems to want so badly, it would be unlikely to meaningfully impact global emissions anyway unless other major industrial nations do the same.
That means getting countries like China and India on board. The President knows that.
The President also knows that much of the pain of imposing such regulations would be borne by the Middle Class. Thats why this discussion has become so cynical.
And its part of the reason the Presidents own party couldnt even pass a national energy tax when it had complete control of Washington. The American people werent willing to go along with considerable domestic pain for negligible global gain then. Its foolish to think theyd assent to a bad idea now.
And remember: even the Presidents own party in the Senate wont bring up the Presidents proposal for a national energy tax, despite their overnight speeches and complaints about everyone else.
Of course, none of this has stopped the President from trying to get his way anyway. Thats why weve seen his Administration attempt to do an end run around the legislative process to try to impose a similar agenda through executive fiat.
Well, it needs to be stopped. The Presidents regulations are hurting people, often, people who are already struggling and vulnerable the very people the President claims he wants to help.
Our constituents are being hurt because of a cynical political agenda, because of a War on Coal and other sources of American energy that the Far Left flank of the Democrat Party demands.
And the Middle Class doesnt even have a meaningful say in this discussion, because the President has decided the Congress the people elect doesnt really matter anymore.
Republicans are trying to change that this week.
Weve asked the Democrat Majority Leader to allow votes on energy amendments that would let our constituents have a say for once.
My constituents in Kentucky should be able to weigh in on an EPA rule that would negatively impact existing and future coal plants.
Kentuckians deserve a real say on ongoing regulatory efforts to tie up mining permits and the red tape thats stifling the creation of good jobs in coal country.
Our constituents should finally be truly heard on the Keystone Pipeline they overwhelmingly support.
And the American people deserve a real debate on how we can best tap our own extraordinary natural resources to achieve energy independence at home and how we can help our allies overseas through increased exports of American energy.
These are the kinds of things we should be voting on this week proposals that can help our economy and boost Middle Class incomes and jobs while strengthening our national security and lessening our dependence on foreign sources of energy.
But we cant move forward if the Democrats who run the Senate keep trying to protect the President at the expense of serving their constituents.
We know theyre getting pressure from the White House to shut down a real debate on energy. One of the Presidents aides yesterday made it clear that it will be leaning on Democrat Senators to get the right outcome.
In other words, to do the White Houses political bidding and to once again ensure that struggling Middle Class Americans get the short end of the stick from Democrats in Washington.
Look: the American Middle Class is hurting. By a two-to-one margin, Americans say the countrys economic conditions are poor. Only about a quarter say there are enough jobs available where they live.
And theyve been suffering from years of spiking electricity prices that would only get worse if the Presidents agenda were fully realized.
These are the people who deserve our attention and support. Not the Far Left.
Not the activists who yell the loudest and appear to care the least about who their ideas hurt.
And not the Presidents political fixers in the White House.
These are not the people we should be focusing on. Its time to start paying attention to the people who actually sent us here.
They deserve a robust debate about how to develop policies that can actually lead to lower utility bills, that can put coal families back to work, that can help create well-paying jobs, that can help increase energy security, and that can help prevent energy from being used as a tool of war and oppression by global adversaries.
Thats why we were sent here.
And if Democrats have good ideas on energy too, this is the time to share them.
We want to hear every serious idea.
The American people have waited seven long years for a serious energy debate in the Democrat-run Senate.
Its about time they got it.