Schumer: Expect vote on Keystone


Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that he expects a vote on Keystone XL this week as part of the larger energy debate firing up in the Senate.


Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE (D-Nev.) is set to bring an energy efficiency bill led by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the floor as early as Tuesday.


And a vote on Keystone will likely be attached, either as an amendment or a stand-alone deal.


“I think there will be a vote on Keystone,” Schumer said during an interview on “Morning Joe.”


“We’re willing to see a vote on Keystone, each side thinks they’re going to win,” Schumer said of those rallying for votes in favor of or against the $5.4 billion project. “It’s going to be real close.”


Shumer added that the oil-sands pipeline isn’t as important as it once was, however, claiming it has been blown out of proportion on both sides.