All senators in town for Keystone vote
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All senators are in town Tuesday to cast their votes on a measure approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Later Tuesday, the Senate will vote on approval of the controversial energy project which would transport oil from Canada through the United States to Gulf Coast refineries. Environmentalists oppose the project, but labor groups have touted it as a job creator, leaving Democrats in a difficult spot.

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Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBottom line Trump administration halting imports of cotton, tomatoes from Uighur region of China Biden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status MORE (D-Calif.), Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan10 under-the-radar races to watch in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (D-N.C.), Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnDemocrats step up hardball tactics in Supreme Court fight COVID response shows a way forward on private gun sale checks Inspector general independence must be a bipartisan priority in 2020 MORE (R-Okla.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders urges support for Newsom amid recall effort This week: Congress set to send .9 trillion coronavirus bill to Biden Lawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' MORE (I-Vt.) weren’t in Washington in time to cast procedural votes on judicial nominations late on Monday evening. But all four are back for the Keystone vote.

Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth MORE (D-La.) spearheaded the effort to hold the vote and has been trying to whip the 60 votes needed to pass the legislation, which some believe would help her chances in a Senate runoff race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Cassidy sponsored a similar measure in the House, and both candidates have touted their energy credentials in their race.

Coburn, who has been ill, and Hagan are key to Landrieu’s success, as they are two of the confirmed 59 yes votes. Both senators' offices said they are in town and will support the measure.

Boxer and Sanders strongly oppose the pipeline and will vote no.

“What does XL stand for? To me it stands for extra lethal,” Boxer said Tuesday. “This is a serious environmental hazard.”