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Obama Digs In: 'Personally Lobbying Democrats to Reject' Keystone Pipeline (Senate to Vote Today)
The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 03/08/2012 8:06:13 AM PST by katieanna

President Obama is digging in on the Keystone XL pipeline. He is "personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction," Politico reports.

The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.

The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no role in such cross-border permitting decisions since, in this case, the pipeline would originate in Canada. The measure would need 60 votes to pass, and Obama has already lost two Democrats who back the proposal - Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mary Landrieu - and is at risk of losing more moderates and vulnerable Democrats.

The Keystone XL pipeline would create an estimated 20,000 jobs and, likely, drive down the price of gasoline in the long run. It would seem to be a good move at a time of high unemployment and high gas prices.

And, in fact, most Americans like the idea of the Keystone pipeline. According to a November poll, of likely U.S. voters, 60 percent "at least somewhat favor building the pipeline which President Obama has delayed until at least 2013 because of environmental concerns."


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhofascism; elections; hoeven; keystone; keystonepipeline; keystonexl; nobama2012; obama; obamatruthfile; oil
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I checked 'breaking news' because the Senate is set to vote on the amendment today offered by Sen. Hoeven. The Amendment would shift the decision on approval of Keystone Pipeline to an entity that would not require approval by the president. I called Sen. Begich of Alaska and McCaskill of Mo. asking that they support the amendment. Although I do not live in either of those states, Sen. Begich's aide was polite and received my comments. Ms. McCaskill's aide, promptly hung up on me. Contact Tester (Montana); Nelson (Ne); Pryor (Arkansas); McCaskill (Mo) and any other democrat you can think of. Kate
1 posted on 03/08/2012 8:06:18 AM PST by katieanna
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To: Nachum

For your list.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 8:11:39 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: katieanna

“If you love me, help me push gas prices north of $5/gal.”


3 posted on 03/08/2012 8:14:13 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: katieanna
Ms. McCaskill's aide, promptly hung up on me.
Unexpected. NOT!
4 posted on 03/08/2012 8:16:19 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: thackney

Ping.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 8:16:22 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: katieanna

And every single democrat senator will dig in with him - including Manchin and Landrieu.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 8:18:51 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: katieanna
If the Democrats in the Senate do not wake up they will be responsible for the up and coming civil war. King Obama is a communists and is destroying Americans by the millions.
7 posted on 03/08/2012 8:18:51 AM PST by Logical me
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To: oh8eleven; All
Ms. McCaskill's aide, promptly hung up on me.
Unexpected. NOT!


0bama's sluts are not known for being well mannered.
8 posted on 03/08/2012 8:22:44 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: katieanna

To find your Senators number see http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


9 posted on 03/08/2012 8:25:57 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: katieanna

To find your Senators number see http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


10 posted on 03/08/2012 8:26:11 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Logical me

Getting the Democrat Senators “on the record” of opposing the Keystone XL pipeline might be a good thing for their Republican opponents. I’m surprised Reid would allow this vote.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 8:27:06 AM PST by radioone
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To: katieanna

I could swear I just saw a dem on Varney and Company say he was pushing dems to approve it.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 8:28:08 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: katieanna
Is this enough to get ME thugs to drop the price of oil a few months before the election so Obama will look like the hero who brought gasoline prices down.
13 posted on 03/08/2012 8:28:36 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex¬óburied stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: katieanna

Put them on record!!!

Obama’s already on record for blocking this and wanting higher oil and gas prices.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 8:30:17 AM PST by tobyhill (Fight Fire With Fire)
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To: oh8eleven

I wonder what Mary Landrieu (LA)’s position is on this. 1. She voted for Obamacare against our wishes 2. She recently voted against the bill which would exclude Catholic hospitals from abortion/contraception (She is Catholic, supposedly) Now, Louisiana Oil is a very big livelihood in Louisiana. She KNOWS the position of most of Louisianians regarding drilling. If she goes along with Obama, I hope her time representing Louisiana is finished at last. I and others have contacted her many times on issues but she merely sends an email full of her BS and votes democrat anyway. To say I can’t stomach her would be putting it mildly. AND, she had the nerve to jump down David Vitter’s throat when he voted against Obama care. She sickens me.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 8:33:57 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Rusty0604

“I could swear I just saw a dem on Varney and Company say he was pushing dems to approve it.”

I’m quite sure you did. A no vote on this amendment is suicide for any politician. A ‘no brainer’ as they say.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 8:34:53 AM PST by katieanna
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To: katieanna
Hey everyone knows that drilling or building pipelines cant lower the price of fuel....right....I mean the POSOTUS told me so....

.....who'd a thunk it.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:36:26 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: jersey117

“And every single democrat senator will dig in with him - including Manchin and Landrieu.”

Don’t think so. Not this time. Landrieu for dang sure will break from O. If not, she could never show her face in NoLa again.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 8:37:12 AM PST by katieanna
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To: jersey117
"And every single democrat senator will dig in with him - including Manchin and Landrieu."

If Manchin votes against the pipeline, it will certainly rip the mask off of his attempts to sound conservative. I wonder if his voters will care?

19 posted on 03/08/2012 8:37:21 AM PST by Truth29
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To: katieanna

I am to the point of wishing this man ill in the most unspeakable of ways.


20 posted on 03/08/2012 8:40:04 AM PST by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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