Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support 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.
“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 ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker 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.