Republicans are promising they will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats when they take control of the U.S. Senate next year, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas, but critics say Friday’s vote was nothing more than “political theatre” since President Barack Obama has the final say.
The wild and unexpectedly speedy ride of Keystone XL legislation through the U.S. Congress late Wednesday had supporters of Canadian oil hopeful of a celebratory end to the project's six years of stagnation.
There are new threats of lawsuits against Canadian oil pipeline projects in the United States, suggesting that the election of an oil-friendly, Republican-dominated Congress won't end the industry's battles here.
Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of U.S.President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.