GOP Sen. Inhofe opposes linking Keystone, transportation package

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House Republicans are unveiling their multi-year transportation and infrastructure legislation Tuesday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that legislation to advance the pipeline would be part of the House transportation plan if it is not already enacted before it comes to a vote.

Inhofe is a strong supporter of the proposed pipeline to bring oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries, and a co-sponsor of new Senate legislation unveiled Monday that’s aimed at forcing approval of the controversial pipeline.

Republicans are also weighing efforts to try and attach Keystone provisions to the yearlong extension of the payroll tax cut that lawmakers are negotiating.

President Obama rejected a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline earlier this month, but the administration has invited the company to reapply.