May 13, 2014
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
GOP blocks energy bill, scuttling vote on Keystone XL pipeline (Alexander Bolton - 05/12/14, The Hill)
Senate Republicans on Monday blocked bipartisan-energy efficiency legislation and derailed a promised vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, striking a blow against two Democratic incumbents facing tough re-election races. [...]The filibuster also thwarted Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.), another vulnerable incumbent who sought a vote on the pipeline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised a vote on Keystone if Republicans let the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill reach a final vote. [...]Monday's impasse likely dooms a Senate vote on the pipeline, a high priority of Republicans and Democrats from energy rich states, for the rest of this year.Landrieu said last week that she needed only two or three more votes to reach the 60 required to pass a stand-alone bill authorizing the pipeline's construction.
It's only politics when the President does it, eh?
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2014 3:24 PM