Senate Passes Keystone XL 62-35, But Doesn’t Have The Votes To Override Obama’s Veto


The Senate passed a bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline today, but Republicans did not pick up enough votes to override President Obama’s expected veto.

After nearly a month of debate and amendments, the Senate passed the bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote was 62-36 in favor of the bill. Republicans remain five votes short of the number required to override President Obama’s veto.

Before the Senate votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued to spread the lie that Keystone XL is a jobs bill, “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 middle class — even in the teeth of opposition from powerful special interests. Let’s notch one more win for the middle class by passing this important infrastructure project.Constructing Keystone would pump billions into our economy. It would support thousands of good American jobs. And as the President’s own State Department has indicated, it would do this with minimal environmental impact. The Keystone infrastructure project has been studied endlessly, from almost every possible angle, and the same general conclusion keeps becoming clear: build it. So let’s make some progress for the American people by voting to pass the Keystone jobs and infrastructure bill.”

Republicans can try to sell Keystone XL as a jobs bill until they are blue in the face, but a majority of Americans aren’t buying it. The White House repeated their promise to veto the bill, “This Keystone project is undergoing review at the State Department. That is a process that long predates this administration. So we are opposed to any legislative maneuver that would circumvent that process.”

The bill will now go to committee for reconciliation, but the whole process is a giant of waste of time. President Obama will veto the Keystone XL bill as soon as it hits his desk, and Republicans do not have the votes to override his veto. Keystone XL marks another low water mark in the Republican era of congressional control.

Senate Republicans have wasted a month on Keystone XL, and all they will have for their efforts is a dead bill that lacks public support for their short cutting of the process. Republicans may have passed a bill, but Democrats are winning the war.

45 Replies to “Senate Passes Keystone XL 62-35, But Doesn’t Have The Votes To Override Obama’s Veto”

  1. YAY victory at last!!! Sane baggers” Hey jeb exactly how is this a win”

    Billy bob ” I dunno but we did show that moooslim”


  2. Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”

    Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air –

  3. Here are the fake Democrats

    Bennet (D-CO)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Donnelly (D-IN)
    Heitkamp (D-ND)
    Manchin (D-WV)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Warner (D-VA)

    We can’t drink oil you jerks. There have been 5 spills/explosion of pipelines so far this year.

    There are multiple property rights cases that have just been filed by the residents so this is going nowhere. The lawyer for the families said this will be in the court system for years.

    Besides that…TransCanada has no building permit to even begin the project. It expired last June and the process has to start all over.

    If anyone in the media tries to pretend this is a big deal, change the channel.

  4. 3 of those dummycrats Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin just had pipeline disasters in their states.
    Whats the difference between a whore and dummycrats? Nothing they both get paid to screw you

  5. There should be public disclosure of all stock holders in TransCanada. We know Boehner invested heavily in 2012 and I am sure many other poloticians have as well. My guess is you’ll find the “democrats” who support the bill may also have their fingers in the pie.

  6. My advice to the 9 phony Democrats who voted for this atrocious bill…turn in your badge. Do your constituents know you’re a turncoat or do they not follow!

  7. I like how they now added infrastructure to the KXL “jobs bill”. I guess now every corporate giveaway bill will not only have jobs in the title, but also infrastructure. I hate these friggin Republican politicians. Phonies every one.

  8. The good news, the vote wasn’t enough to override Obama’s promised veto of this monster. The bad news, 9 Democrats voted with a united GOP block to vote for it.

    “Nine Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus to support the bill: Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Tom Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia.”

    This is why we can’t have nice things. Conservative Republicans will vote united no matter what. It is part of the reason why they have a far disproportionate amount of power: because Democrats refuse to stand united. As long as the Democratic Party remains fractured, it will continue to be ineffective as a political counter to the diabolical schemes the Koch puppets in the GOP are trying to impose on Americans.

    Even if some of these Democrats _support_ the horrible KeystoneXL, they shouldn…

  9. I don’t believe they won’t have enough votes to override the POTUS’ veto.

    Between now and then, $$$$ will change hands, and they will override it.

    I do not trust any of it. Slimy is too good a word for these people.

  10. They wont have the votes. They will lose Casey, McCaskill , Carper and Bennett will vote no. Warner will vote No

  11. Update one was accepted the Senate overwhelmingly approved a Democratic amendment that climate change “was real and not a hoax,” it rejected several amendments that would have required something to be done about it.

  12. Why do you think that will happen, djchefron? I’m truly interested in reading why you think those Dems might vote NO when the pipeline bill is vetoed by President Obama. Please tell me! It would help bring down my blood pressure as upset as I am about this at this moment.

  13. Well they have no skin in the game for one. Warner was just reelected, McCaskill will retire and run for Governor, Biden will talk some sense into Carper, Casey will vote yes since fracking is destroying his state and the crown prince himself Harry Reid will tell them in no uncertain terms don’t fuk with the big dog

  14. Guys, guys, guys, you all have to take a deep breath and calm down. Think for a second. 1) All of these votes are cleared with the leadership; 2) All these senators are from red or purple states where they could be seriously attacked by the Rethugs for a “No” vote; 3) The President is going to veto it anyway; and 4) The Rethugs don’t have the votes to override the veto.

    This was strictly a no-risk, CYA vote by these senators that won’t change the ultimate outcome. Keystone will never be built. That’s how politics is played.

  15. Thanks, djchefron. This scenario appears plausible and reasonable to me.

    Blood pressure is going down again. :-)

  16. That is scarey that Koch could buy that many votes for something that is as bad of an idea as it is. There is not much in this project that benefits our country. Shame on the democratics that voted for this bill! It also shows us how bad all the Republicans really are!

  17. I could hug you and djchefron tightly!

    Thank you for your clarification, Metsfan69. It’s helping bring down my blood pressure considerably.

  18. As a long time Financial supporter of the Democratic Party, they will not get another dime from here on out. I get these votes are in energy minded states where people’s mentality or education are lacking of evidence regarding climate change and tar sands ie..KXL. Educate your voters!

    Still….support our Presidents mission. We are one party, united!

  19. As the late great Johnny Cash once sang, “I hear that veto comin’, comin’ round the bend”. Get some snacks and make yourself comfy, the fun is just starting.

  20. Here is another angle. This just might be some serious trolling by the Democrats, Making the Turtle think he has delivered to his masters and then when it come time for the President to pull out his BIC BAM THE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE FAILED AGAIN

  21. I marvel at you all who claim you attribute human activity to global warming but oppose the best method to cut down on carbon emissions. Transportation by boat, truck or train involves more CO2 than building pipelines.

    In a way your opposition to Keystone makes sense. By not having pipelines it makes oil spills by transportation more likely and, hence, easier to pass more laws on oil and transportation companies in order to shut them down.

  22. What get’s lost in this stupid smoke screen is the necessity to get away from hydrocarbon energy sources. A pipe line? Hell, isn’t fracking doing enough damage? There is no such thing as “clean” energy, but we need to focus on something better than hydrocarbon production. The withdrawal will be painful, but the oil addiction is killing us.

  23. I hope people like you stop reproducing and dumbing down America. The keystone pipeline WILL break and contaminate:
    The Ogallala Aquifer is one the largest aquifers in the world supplying drinking water for 2.3 million people. Touching 8 states. It’s also used as a water source in these states for: ranching livestock, and growing corn, wheat, and soybeans.
    Not to mention, this is a land grab by a Canadian oil company ignoring eminent domain, taking away ranchers land, and going through “sacred” Native American lands! Americans get NOTHING from this, NOTHING! Oh, 35 permanent jobs…

  24. My sincere condolences on your recent loss of Mr. Sunshine, Ernie Banks. I’m certain that somewhere, he’s telling St. Peter, “It’s such a beautiful day, lets play two!”

  25. This Is not bipartisan politics, and if it were, why couldn’t republicans have worked with Obama and other dems in congress when the dems had a majority? It’s only bipartisan to reps when they have the majority? Really. Only 9 dems voted for it, as opposed to unanimous support from reps. Looks like it’s almost a party line vote. Not bipartisan.

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