“Americans don’t want to get their oil from the Middle East anymore,” Hoeven said on the floor Thursday. “They want to get it here.”

The pipeline would transport crude from Canadian oil sands across the country to refineries in Gulf Coast states.

Hoeven argued that the construction of the pipeline would not only help the U.S. become more energy independent, but also creates jobs and boosts the economy.

The administration has delayed ruling on whether to approve construction of the pipeline for more than 1,000 days. Republicans have accused President Obama of bending to the will of liberal environmentalists, who say the pipeline would harm the environment.

"You’d have to be asleep for the last 10-15 years to not believe that carbon pollution is dangerous to the planet," Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.) said. "But when you listen to the debate I didn’t hear one person say carbon pollution is a problem. ... The Keystone pipeline will ship one of the dirtiest supplies of energy across the country."

Vulnerable Democrats in conservative states have co-sponsored Hoeven’s amendment. Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible MORE (D-La.), Mark BegichMark Peter BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-Alaska) and Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), all running for reelection in 2014, signed on. Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Defense: House to begin work on defense policy bill | Panel to vote Monday on Pompeo | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump appeals decision blocking suspected combatant's transfer The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos MORE (D-N.D.) is also a co-sponsor.

"At the end of the day it’s about creating American jobs," Begich said. "It’s the right decision. I’m just somewhat perplexed by the administration's delay after delay."

The Senate is working on The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 1392, which contains measures to boost building codes, train workers in energy efficient building technologies, help manufacturers become more efficient and bolster conservation efforts at federal agencies, among other provisions.