McConnell asks Dems to cooperate on Keystone

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump slams Obama for ‘shameful’ 9/11 bill veto GOP chairman lobbies against overriding Obama on 9/11 bill Black Caucus demands Flint funding from GOP 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 Energy: Obama integrates climate change into national security planning GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Overnight Energy: Lawmakers kick off energy bill talks MORE (R-Alaska) and Sen. Maria CantwellMaria CantwellUS wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel Overnight Energy: Lawmakers kick off energy bill talks 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 DurbinSpending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries Reid blasts Cruz over internet fight MORE (Ill.) said Monday.