McConnell asks Dems to cooperate on Keystone

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts Senate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee Top GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday called on Democrats to let a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline move forward after they blocked it from reaching a final vote.

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McConnell urged Senate Democrats to reconsider their opposition to moving forward, promising to allow more amendments, the chamber already having voted on two dozen.

“Our Democratic friends have had more amendments considered on this bill than Republicans — more amendments than all of last year combined,” he said on the Senate floor.

“And just a few days ago, we offered our friends the opportunity to have even more of their amendments voted on. Unfortunately, Democrats rejected that offer. I’m asking them to reconsider,” he added.

He said senators should work with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Overnight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts Senators air grievances on Trump energy budget, delays MORE (R-Alaska) and Sen. Maria CantwellMaria CantwellOvernight Energy: Democrats take on key Trump Interior nominee Democrats prod Trump Interior nominee over lobbying work Cohn, Mnuchin visit Capitol Hill to discuss tax reform MORE (D-Wash.), the panel’s ranking member, to get additional votes on amendments.

“Join us. Work with the bill managers,” he said. “Let’s make progress for the American people.”

Democrats complained Monday that Republicans did not allow debate time on some of their amendments and summarily tabled them.

“The authors of the amendment were denied 60 seconds to even explain their amendments. It didn’t leave a very good taste in the mouth of many Democrats, not even those who were supporting the Keystone Canadian pipeline,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinTop House, Senate Dems ask Interior not to eliminate national monuments Dem senators accuse Trump of purposefully holding back information The GOP must fight against the Durbin amendment's price controls MORE (Ill.) said Monday.