Republicans push Keystone vote in Senate

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWatch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection MORE (R-Wyo.) said Tuesday that Republicans are trying to push for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, after an up or down vote on the pipeline collapsed under Senate debate in May.

Barrasso told reporters Tuesday that Republicans will call up a bill co-sponsored by Sens. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Senate Republicans call on Biden to lift vaccine mandate for truckers crossing Canadian border Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Native solar startups see business as activism MORE (R-N.D.) and Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuDemocratic ex-senators join pro-gas organization 11 former Democratic senators call for 'meaningful reform to Senate rules' 10 Democrats who could run in 2024 if Biden doesn't MORE (D-La.) that would approve the controversial oil sands pipeline Tuesday afternoon.


Republicans will ask Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSchumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters MORE (D-Nev.) to allow an up or down vote on the pipeline, which passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week.

Barrasso said this is to "see if this is just a show or if Democrats are serious about approving this pipeline."

Last week Barrasso railed against Landrieu, who is facing a tough reelection race this year, for calling a committee vote on her legislation with Hoeven, claiming it was a "show vote" for her constituents.

While Landrieu has long been a staunch supporter of the pipeline and is a proponent of fossil fuel development in her state, Barrasso blasted her for touting her position as chairwoman on the campaign trail.

"The chairwoman of the committee has talked about her significant clout and what I want to do is actually see a vote on the Senate floor," Barrasso said. "It doesn't stop there. You have to actually get it through the Senate before you've actually accomplished anything."

The push to vote on Keystone in the Senate comes as the House GOP is debating a bill that would bypass the presidential permit process for cross-border oil and natural gas pipelines like Keystone XL.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), would require the secretary of State to issue a "certificate of crossing" for a pipeline 120 days after the environmental review is finished.

It is expected to pass the House with ease. The White House issued a veto threat on the bill Tuesday.