Senate Democrats Block Republican Attempt To Override Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Bill

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Senate Democrats have successfully blocked the Republican attempt to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL.

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Sixty-seven votes were required to override the veto, and Republicans came up several votes short. The final vote was 62-37. The senators who voted to uphold President Obama’s veto included, Sens. Al Franken (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid also voted no. The same group of Democrats who helped pass Keystone XL also voted to override the president’s veto.

Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) tried to sell his gift to Big Oil as a middle-class issue, “I’m urging every Democrat who still believes their party should be about workers, not these deep-pocketed special interests and extremists, to join us. Vote for cloture. Vote to override. Keystone’s bipartisan coalition in the Senate is only a few votes shy of from the two-thirds majority we’d need to override this partisan veto and bring Keystone’s jobs here to America. And it’s not too late stop your party from venturing down a path even further afield from the interests of American workers and the Middle Class.”

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The Keystone XL bill was never a jobs bill. It was never about energy independence. The Keystone XL bill was a gift to a foreign oil company that would have allowed them to ship oil that was destined for sale on the open market through the United States.

The failure to override the president’s veto represents another failure for the Republican congressional majority. McConnell spent nearly a month in passing Keystone XL, and he is right back to where he started from. Keystone XL is no closer to be approved, and Republicans wasted valuable time on an issue that has never caught on with the American people.

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McConnell’s failure to override President Obama’s veto is proof that the power in the Senate is with the Democrats. Keystone XL was supposed to be the issue that divided Democrats and allowed Republicans to get something done. In reality, Republicans are accomplishing nothing while Democrats continue to stand strong.

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29 Replies to “Senate Democrats Block Republican Attempt To Override Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Bill”

  1. It’s a fitting result for a bunch of power-hungry, reality-denying, and uncaring idiots who have no idea how to govern. Instead, they are in perpetual campaign mode.

  2. First, they hold the Homeland Security funding bill hostage to immigration. Now they want to hold the highway bill hostage to big polluting Canadian special interests

  3. Maybe we progressives should form our own country and be rewarded by the rethugs since they put foreign interest ahead of their own country

  4. I wonder how many votes will the turtle call for this pipeline in the next 2 years instead of a single jobs bill.

  5. read this study!! – http://www.labor4sustainability.org/files/__kxl_main3_11052013.pdf about those jobs? chew on this- “meeting unmet water and gas
    infrastructure needs in the five relevant states will create:
    More than 300,000 total jobs across all sectors;
    Nearly five times more jobs, and better jobs, than KXL
    156% of the number of direct jobs created by Keystone
    XL per unit of investment.
    President Obama and others have criticized the KXL pipeline for its meager promise of 50 to 100 longer term
    jobs. In contrast, water infrastructure operation and maintenance in the five relevant states alone
    will create 137 times as many direct long-term jobs, and 95 times more total long-term jobs, than
    Keystone XL meeting our water
    and natural gas pipeline infrastructure needs in the present and near
    future will create many more jobs than Keystone XL, both in absolute
    terms and per unit of investment.”

  6. Time is money. How much of our taxpayer dollars have republicans sqandered? I’d say a lot!

    How fiscally responsible is that? We need to complain about their use of time and our tax dollars. They are wasting both.

  7. Suppose Boner is trying to dump his XL shares today? Maybe Koch Bros will buy them back 10 cents on the dollar. So sad.

  8. Does anybody else feel that the midterms have empowered the Democrats and weakened the GOP, or it it just me?

  9. And the 50+ attempts to kill Obamacare. And all the Bengazi and IRS hearings.

    Total waste of time and money, witch hunting.

  10. Now they have just squandered 6 wks on fighting DHS funding.

    They really need to work on something that has a reasonable chance of passing. Something that will actually help our country. I would suggest infrastructure, we have tons of bridges that are decaying, seems like a no brainer.

  11. Well what do you know? It appears that Evolution does exist: Some Democrats have finally developed a Spine!

  12. Canada will sell their oil, if not to the us then to Russia. this has already been discussed by canada

  13. Don’t you people keep up? They were never going to sell that oil to the US and why would Russia buy it when they export oil. Damn you baggers are one dumb bunch. Try using your head for more than a hat rack

  14. They love to keep making disasters for themselves and try to show their ignorant base they’re “working”.

    What happened to all those bills that were supposedly sitting on Reids desk?
    They must’ve just vanished into thin air.
    It was just a lie to keep their ignorant base frothing at the mouth.

    Reagan advisor on Tea Party Republicans ‘they are really rather stupid and not very well read’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65k0DWNKkcs&feature=player_embedded

    Conservatism Linked to Lack of Education
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions/201002/conservatism-linked-lack-education

  15. I think they all just woke up and are kinda enjoying watching the preschoolers trying to play goverment.

  16. It’s great, but are you kidding?

    The tea bag/repubs doing anything to actually help the U.S?

    If it doesn’t line their or their masters pockets with $$$, this bill will never see the light of day.

  17. They had homemade waffles with BLUEBERRY syrup in the senate dining room this morning and it was their inspiration.

  18. Billy, you really have got to pull that enormous head of yours out of your posterior. Turn off Faux Snoose and try to get educated. I know it’s a leap, but do your best for all of us…

  19. Try to keep up, “Billie”:

    ~ 35 Permanent American Jobs

    ~ Oil Not Sold to the US

    ~ American Taxpayers Responsible for Cleanup of Leaks/Spills

  20. ” And it’s not too late stop your party from venturing down a path even further afield from the interests of American workers and the Middle Class.”

    He actually had the nerve to say that? Doesn’t he even realize that the majority of Senate Democrats know full well that is a hugely hypocritical lie? He should follow his own advice instead of cowtowing to the Koch brothers.

  21. that’s a very interesting take on the situation. may I ask two questions? and will you answer them if you have the balls to?

    1. why would Russia, a net oil and gas exporter want or need to buy Canadian oil? remember, Russia supplies much of Europe with oil and gas via pipelines through Ukraine, or weren’t you paying attention to the Ukraine crisis?

    2. if the keystone pipeline is meant to export oil to the usa, why is it not being built to the east coast where much of the bakken crude is being transported by rail? why is it being built a region already awash in locally produced oil and gas? could it possibly be that the keystone was never intended to ship oil to us refineries, but instead to give Canadian oil access to us warm water ports? and that the usa will bear all the risk of catastrophe from the pipeline while getting none of the benefits?

    I look forward to your or anybody else’s intelligent answers to the questions posed.

  22. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) tried to sell his gift to Big Oil as a middle-class issue, “I’m urging every Democrat who still believes their party should be about workers, not these deep-pocketed special interests and extremists, to join us. Vote for cloture. Vote to override.
    I’m no detective but I followed the trail of B.S. and it leads right back to his mouth.[WINK]

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