On Wednesday, the House will vote on and likely approve the Senate version of the Keystone pipeline. It will go to President Obama’s desk, where it is certain to face a veto.
The Associated Press reported the news early Wednesday, which comes ahead of larger energy bill the House plans to unveil next week.
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Keystone XL has received support from not only conservative-leaning organizations, but unions as well. “If the pipeline is not built, important socio-economic benefits will not be realized – the positive impacts on local, state and federal revenue, spending by construction workers, and spending on construction goods and services,” wrote Jimmy Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to Congress Tuesday.
Building [Keystone XL] will enhance U.S. energy and economic security. The Teamsters Union urges a yes vote on S.1, the Keystone Pipeline Act.
The $8 billion pipeline would take crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast oil refineries and could create up to 42,000 jobs. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on Tuesday called on Obama to work with Congress in a press release ahead of the House’s vote. “The president needs to work with Congress in a bipartisan way and approve the Keystone XL pipeline project for the American people,” Hoeven said.
An amended bill was passed by the Senate last month, 62 to 36. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised the bill’s passing at the time:
The debate over these American jobs has shown that, with bipartisan cooperation, it’s possible to get Washington functioning again. This debate is also proving that the new Congress is ready to work hard for the entire middle class- even in the teeth of opposition from powerful special interests.