‘Nay!’: US Senate Fails in Attempt to Force Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

Despite bi-partisan push to force approval of tar sands project, Senators reject bill by Lauren McCauley – In a vote on Tuesday, the measure to advance approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline failed to gather sixty votes in the US Senate. (Image: C-SPAN screengrab with overlay) Falling short by a single vote, a vote in the U.S. Senate  on Tuesday evening failed to get the requisite 60 votes needed to approve a bill designed to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The final vote was 59 in favor and 41 voting against the bill (see official roll call below). The ‘Yays’ included all the 45 Republicans in the Senate who were joined by 14 Democrats. The remaining Democrats voted ‘Nay’ against the bill, accompanied by the Senate’s two Independents, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Angus King of Maine. Climate campaigners celebrate the vote result,...

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