Energy & Environment

Reid: ‘I don’t expect’ Keystone bill to fail

Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that doesn’t expect a vote on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to fail. 

{mosads}“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he added, illustrating how close the vote will be. “I don’t expect it to fail.”

The Senate will vote on a bill that would greenlight construction of the project late Tuesday. Keystone XL supporters appear to be stuck at 59 votes, one shy of the 60 needed for a filibuster-proof supermajority.

Reid’s office said he will vote no on the legislation.

Reid also said that he hasn’t given up on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who pushed for a vote on the Senate floor last week.

The move by Landrieu to corral Democrats to support the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been seen as a move to boost her chances ahead of December runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

“The race is not over in Louisiana. She hasn’t given up and we haven’t given up on her behalf,” Reid said.

Reid said in an interview late Monday that President Obama should veto the legislation if it passes.

“Of course he should. If it passes, and it has not passed yet,” he said on Univision.

Obama has not definitively said he would veto the bill, but he has warned lawmakers not to “short-circuit” the presidential review process that is underway.

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