Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators near deal on sexual harassment policy change Blankenship third-party bid worries Senate GOP Overnight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' 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 Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules 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.