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GOP lawmaker: Keystone will be approved if we win Senate

A key GOP senator predicts swift approval of the Keystone XL pipeline should his party regain control of the upper chamber in November.

Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeRepublican agenda clouded by division Overnight Regulation: Dems go on attack during EPA chief's hearing | Mnuchin promises more Russia sanctions | Regulators subpoena major bitcoin exchange | New lawsuit over FDA e-cig rule Dems go on the attack during EPA chief's hearing MORE (R-Okla.) tells The Hill that President Obama is unlikely to approve construction of the controversial pipeline before the mid-term elections, but Congress would tackle the issue if Republicans win control of the Senate.

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"[President Obama] is going to do what he can to keep [Keystone] from being approved. However, we can still do something even if it ends up overriding a presidential veto to open that up before the end of his term. I anticipate that is going to happen but not until after the 2014 elections," said Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Sixty-two senators voted for the construction of the pipeline in a non-binding budget measure last year.

The GOP-led House has passed a binding Keystone measure in a bipartisan vote. However, to override an Obama veto, more Republicans will have to be elected to Congress this fall.