GOP inks Keystone bill at ceremony

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Republican leaders signed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday.

“The new majority is getting America back to work,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday.

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Friday's ceremony highlighted the distance between Republicans and the president, who has vowed to veto the bill, on the issue.

“Everyone is on board, except for the president,” said Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenSenators introduce bill to prevent border agency from selling personal data Overnight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Officials, automakers aim to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US: report MORE (R-N.D.), an author of the bill.

Hoeven pressed President Obama to sign the bill, arguing that a veto would be “music” to the ears of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Hoeven asked if the administration really wants to rely on OPEC with the current terror situation with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

While a ceremony is typical for a bill that is signed into law by the president, it is more unusual for lawmakers to hold a ceremony for the bill's enrollment.

Republicans capitalized on Friday's event to send a signal to the White House.

After signing the bill, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future NBC's Kelly O'Donnell tears up over video celebrating 25 years at network MORE (R-Ohio) gave the pen to Hoeven, who was credited by Republicans for shepherding the bill through the Senate along with Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski.