Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellHow does placing sanctions on Russia help America? THE MEMO: Trump's wild first month Juan Williams: Senate GOP begins to push Trump away MORE (R-Ky.) has announced the Senate will begin voting to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Monday.

“It is my hope that Chairman [Lisa] Murkowski [R-Alaska] and Sen. [Maria] Cantwell [D-Wash.] can begin the amendment process under regular order,” he told colleagues from the floor.

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The Senate must first vote to end a Democratic filibuster on the motion to begin consideration of the pipeline project.

“Unfortunately, some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to block our effort to even get on the bill, and therefore the cloture vote on Monday is required,” McConnell said.

In the last Congress, Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (Nev.) would retaliate against Republican filibusters by denying colleagues the chance to offer amendments through a procedure known as “filling the tree.”

McConnell has pledged to give Republicans and Democrats alike a free hand to offer amendments to Keystone, which could stretch the floor debate until late January.