President Obama vetoed Keystone XL pipeline legislation approved by Congress. Obama cited the ongoing State Department review as the reason for his veto, saying “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest—including our security, safety and environment—it has earned my veto.” The Wall Street Journal,
The bill would have authorized Canadian company TransCanada Corp. to construct the 1,179-mile pipeline, which has been under review by the Obama administration for more than six years. The bill, which declared the pipeline to have satisfied environmental laws, passed the GOP-controlled Congress earlier this year…
Republicans said the president’s veto was a political move designed to appease environmental activists who are a key part of the Democratic Party’s base. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Mr. McConnell, in an opinion article published Tuesday in USA Today, called the pipeline “a no-brainer in every way,” and cited bipartisan support for the project.
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