“API supports the Senate approval of Amendment 1537 to authorize the building of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said a press release that landed in reporters’ inboxes at 4:50 p.m., about 30 minutes after the vote. The headline cheered: “Bipartisan Senate majority approves building Keystone XL pipeline.” – Oil industry jumps gun on Keystone vote
Oops. How embarrassing for them that the Senate didn’t approve it.
Pres. Obama lobbied Democrats not to support the amendment to the highway bill that would fast-track the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline. It was a squeaker, 56-42, with 60 votes needed for passage.
From Politico, here are the Democrats who voted for it:
The 11 Democrats who crossed party lines to support the amendment were Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana and Jim Webb of Virginia.