GOP inks Keystone bill at ceremony

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Republican leaders signed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday.

“The new majority is getting America back to work,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday.

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Friday's ceremony highlighted the distance between Republicans and the president, who has vowed to veto the bill, on the issue.

“Everyone is on board, except for the president,” said Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOvernight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh Big Oil’s carbon capture tax credit betrayal MORE (R-N.D.), an author of the bill.

Hoeven pressed President Obama to sign the bill, arguing that a veto would be “music” to the ears of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Hoeven asked if the administration really wants to rely on OPEC with the current terror situation with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

While a ceremony is typical for a bill that is signed into law by the president, it is more unusual for lawmakers to hold a ceremony for the bill's enrollment.

Republicans capitalized on Friday's event to send a signal to the White House.

After signing the bill, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerWomen poised to take charge in Dem majority Freedom Caucus ponders weakened future in minority Consultant to Virginia Senate candidate compared GOP establishment to 'house negro': report MORE (R-Ohio) gave the pen to Hoeven, who was credited by Republicans for shepherding the bill through the Senate along with Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski.