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Keystone XL bill fails in US Senate with 59-41 vote, needed 60

Washington (Platts)--19 Nov 2014 1220 am EST/520 GMT


A bill to approve the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline failed in the US Senate Tuesday evening by a 59-41 vote, one vote short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster and reach President Barack Obama's desk.

The White House had indicated Obama would likely veto the bill had it passed the Senate.

Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said Tuesday that the US State Department "is the proper venue for reaching this decision," and said Obama "doesn't support" the legislation.

The bill was widely seen as a political maneuver by Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, a pipeline supporter who is locked in runoff reelection with Representative Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican.

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A companion bill introduced by Cassidy was approved by the House on Friday.

It was the ninth Keystone XL bill approved by the House.

The bill would have immediately authorized the pipeline which would bring 830,000 b/d of oil from Alberta, Canada, to the US Gulf Coast region.

Two segments of the pipeline totaling 783 miles and linking Steele City, Nebraska, and Nederland, Texas, have already been built.

Republicans are expected to take up another Keystone XL bill in January when they formally take control of the Senate.

--Brian Scheid, brian.scheid@platts.com
--Edited by Katharine Fraser, katharine.fraser@platts.com

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