Energy & Environment

Senate panel to mark up Keystone bill

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will mark up legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline next week.

The committee vote will come one day after a scheduled by the panel on the same legislation for Jan. 7.

{mosads}The bill is expected to pass out of committee and will be the first item brought to the floor by the new Senate.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Keystone would be the first bill sent to President Obama’s desk by the new GOP-controlled Senate.

He has yet to say when the vote would be held.

Obama is expected to veto the legislation, arguing the ongoing State Department process for reviewing the pipeline should not be bypassed as it waits for litigation in Nebraska over the project’s route to be cleared.

The $8 billion project would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

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