US Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone Oil Pipeline Defying White House

US Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone Oil Pipeline Defying White House

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The Republican-controlled United States Senate on Thursday approved a bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote on the privately funded Canadian project advanced a top priority of the newly empowered Republicans, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.

Still the vote was short of the threshold needed two-thirds to override a veto in the 100-member chamber and the legislation still must be reconciled with the version the House passed.

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