Senators ready to fight for Keystone XL

A bipartisan group of senators met separately on Wednesday with top Canadian officials to push for a speedy approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE (D-La.) met with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and Gary Doer, ambassador to the U.S., to promote the TransCanada pipeline.

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"I keep telling the president that this is really important for the manufacturing renaissance and economic security," Landrieu told reporters.

Landrieu, who is slated to become the chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wouldn't speculate on how her new chairmanship would influence the Senate's actions regarding the controversial pipeline.

"I'm not going to speculate what is going to happen in a couple of weeks," Landrieu said.

"My record on this issue is clear and is not going to be changed by the fact that I become chair of Energy."

Landrieu said she thinks Obama has delayed his decision due to the highly anticipated State Department environmental review and hopes that following its release, he will come to a quick decision.

Baird said he anticipates that the State Department's environmental impact statement will come shortly after the president's State of the Union address on Jan. 28.

North Dakota Sens. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP senators want NAFTA deal from Trump by Labor Day Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress MORE (R) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPoll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families MORE (D) also individually met with the two Canadian officials on Wednesday to voice their support for a strong energy relationship with Canada and approval of Keystone XL.

Hoeven said he might even attach the oil-sands pipeline to a must-pass bill, like the debt ceiling legislation.