Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline
March 8th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline

Washington (CNN) - The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately.

Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment - four short of the 60 required for approval.

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  1. Mikey

    Now perhaps those on the right can see how frustrating it is that it takes 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate anymore. If we are to keep the filabuster, we should go back to the rules where you have to physically stand on the floor and talk to keep it going. No more of these virtual filabusters or blocking nominees by just saying so.

    March 8, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. mikle

    America is different country than 25 years ago.We buy oil,than produce self. How stupid we all.

    March 8, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    Proud of you Democrats!

    March 8, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. bc runner

    Hey Jules, it goes through Nebraska and their governor, a Republican, is against it!! How about that!

    March 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Living in the REAL world

    What is remarkable is that Obama was actively lobbying AGAINST the passing of this. It is clear Obama's far left ideology supercedes the needs of the country and its people. Are people beginning to see what Obama is all about yet? All his blather about caring for the middle class is empty rhetoric, unless he can play the class warfare card to promise you something at somebody elses expense. Obama is simply against anything if it has to do with fossil fuels. He simply does care if it costs Americans jobs or more at the pump. Your needs come second to his ideology, just like they did with Obamacare.

    March 8, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Good. This should not be pushed through over Nebraska's objections. Why is it that Republicans are all for states' rights when the state wants to weaken civil liberties protections for individuals and adamantly opposed to states' rights when the state wants to protect its land and citizens from harm? Somehow I'm sensing a pattern here that has nothing to do with unbending support for states' rights...

    March 8, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. PJ/TX

    This is great news. I was so worried these idiots would win this one.

    March 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. MWM

    The repubs have been using the high price of gasoline to scare us into rash actions. When will Americans wake up to the fact that gas prices are determined by world markets.

    March 8, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I made a point of being home today during the Senate votes. I watched the votes and then went to Thomas.gov to read the bills. There was a vote on the "Wyden" amendment. This vote was taken BEFORE the vote to proceed on the Pipeline. The Wyden amendment would have mandated that ALL the oil refined would have stayed in the United States instead of going on the open market. The other portion of the amendment would have mandated that all materials would have been made in the USA. THAT AMENDMENT FAILED! Every Republican voted against it. Call your Senators to find out why. Only 32 voted to approve that measure...one was my Senator Bill Nelson...Marco Rubio did not approve of that. Then the vote came....it failed due to the 60 vote required. My Senator Bill Nelson voted against it, Marco Rubio voted for it. So....Rubio voted for Tar Sands to go through the plains and then ship the oil to foreign companies.

    Thomas.gov.....get the facts

    March 8, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. d

    Great news! not totally against this...but do want studies done on safety...would love a different route too! thank you senate!!!!!

    March 8, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Every Republican candidate is adamently opposed to any form of environmental protection – even vowing to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans fear science and big oil has spent huge money creating the right-wing belief that man's role in global climate change is a liberal plot – even if all of the world's experts who aren't on their payroll agrees wiith the data. Republicans still promote the belief that this oil will lower the cost of gasoline in America – although the oil will be sold to the highest bidder on the world market and only offers a tiny fraction of world production levels. The pipeline didn't take the easy route through Canada because they didn't want to put their own land at risk. They understand science. The pipeline would require tens of thousands of acres to be appropriated using imminent domain laws – forcing farmers and ranchers to sell against their wishes. These are the issues that make blocking an expensive, risky, pipeline of low-grade, dirty oil from crossing over aquafers we completely rely upon for our water source. It's a complex issue and requires smart scientists and engineers rather than loud mouth, right-wing fat cats to offer solutions.

    March 8, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. marty

    First it was the mushroom clouds and WMD's; now it's 20,000 jobs if we permit another country to runTHEIR pipeline through OUR country's prime land. The Republicans have missed their calling – screen writing. They would surely win an Oscar for fantasy filming.

    March 8, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. The Elephant In The Room

    Good for the Republicans to take one on the chin. Perhaps they will recognize that they have to COMPROMISE to get what they want. I for one applaud the Senate Democrats for thwarting this pipeline. Let the GOP`ers stop spinning lies and exageratons [e.g. # of jobs] and tell the truth for once.

    March 8, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Obama Cares

    Once the President does all the work and research and develops a more sensible plan. the rethugs will disagree on it.

    March 8, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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