Along with Senator Jim Inhofe’s amendment against the U.N.’s Small Arms Trade Treaty, Republican Senator John Hoeven’s (ND) amendment to support the Keystone XL Pipeline put Democrats on the record as backing it.
“It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that’s just appropriate,” Hoeven said. “The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years — four — and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it’s time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people.”
All Republicans voted in favor. The Democrats who supported the measure were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Chris Coons (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.)…
The budget will no pass the U.S. House and it remains to be see if the two chamber can reconcile, but if you’re placing bets, best advice…vote against reconciliation.
Hoeven has proposed separate legislation that would bypass President Obama’s authority to decide the Canada-to-Texas pipeline’s fate. The White House has the final say because the project crosses an international border.
While that bill sits in the hopper, Hoeven’s budget amendment Friday kept up the drumbeat on Keystone. Source: The Hill
The evidence is clear: transporting oil and natural gas by pipeline is safe and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, pipeline transportation is safer than transportation by road, rail, or barge, as measured by incidents, injuries, and fatalities—even though more road and rail incidents go unreported.