Portman: GOP Senate would bring Obama ‘to the table’ on Keystone

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanNot a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Senators holding behind-the-scenes talks on breaking coronavirus package stalemate MORE (R-Ohio) says a Republican-controlled Senate would be able to "get the president to the table" on the Keystone XL pipeline and other energy issues.


The GOP could take over the upper chamber in November’s midterms, with polls showing many Democrats are vulnerable and in tight races.

Portman says a Republican majority would move energy legislation, in particular Keystone XL and an energy efficiency package.

“A Republican majority helps make those happen,” Portman said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Thursday. “By getting a Republican majority we get the president to the table on some of these issues.”

Portman told the Christian Science Monitor there would be an "early and aggressive push" by a Republican majority to "pass an all of the above energy strategy that reduces energy costs for consumers and enhances the reliability of our electric grid."

The Senate has not passed a comprehensive energy bill since 2007.

Portman said the lack of movement has added "a lot of pent up demand to enact policies that would promote domestic oil and gas development, streamline the permitting process for all energy projects, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, promote research and development of advanced energy technologies, and make our economy more energy efficient.”

A GOP majority would likely hold votes on bills blocking the president's climate change agenda as well, which Republicans have dubbed the "war on coal." Republicans have used the president's newly proposed climate rules to hit red-state Democrats ahead of the midterm vote.