House Plans to Vote on Keystone XL Bill Friday

January 5, 2015

Wall Street Journal (Blogs)

The House is planning to vote Friday on legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), said in an interview Monday. With Republicans holding even more seats in the lower chamber after November’s elections, the measure is sure to pass.

The vote will be the tenth time since 2011 that the GOP-controlled chamber has passed measures approving the controversial oil-sands pipeline, which has been under review by the Obama administration for more than six years. The most recent vote came in November, when the House passed it 252-161.

The Senate, now also controlled by Republicans, is expected to begin consideration of a similar bill on Wednesday with a hearing in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. A floor vote on that measure is expected in the next couple of weeks.

In the interview Monday, Mr. McCarthy predicted that President Barack Obama wouldn’t veto the legislation should it pass both chambers of Congress, as it is expected to.

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