(CNN) - Rep. Bill Cassidy has one solution for moving legislation on the Keystone XL Pipeline through the Senate: Remove its top obstructionist.
“We must stop Harry Reid and the senators who support him from blocking the Keystone XL pipeline – blocking the jobs, the opportunity that it creates,” Cassidy said in a weekly GOP address. “It’s time to retire Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate.”
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton didn't say Monday what she thinks the U.S. State Department should do on the Keystone XL pipeline, but the former secretary of state did give hope to both sides of the debate over the 1,179-mile-long project that would move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
Both pro- and anti-pipeline activists, for which there are many, will hear positive notes from Clinton's remarks at the Toronto event. While tweaking and heralding both positions, Clinton said she hoped the United States and Canada would not "put our relationship on the backs of this decision."
(CNN) - A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.
A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.
(CNN) - A Senate vote this week to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline- a vote that appears unlikely to pass-now may not happen at all.
The measure, a top priority for Republicans and several centrist Democrats, is entangled in partisan wrangling over a separate energy efficiency bill.
WH: Climate change is happening now, and it is alarming: The White House has released a years-in-the-making climate change assessment that predicts the alarming effects of rapidly changing global weather patterns. Rising sea levels, more droughts in the West, more hurricanes and more tornadoes will affect every American, the report says.
So what to do about it? Congress has shown no willingness to act. Democrats passed a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 and promptly lost their control of the House of Representatives.
President Obama is expected to enact new regulations unilaterally in June that would place new restrictions on power plants. The White House climate change fixer, new special adviser John Podesta, said efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working.
(CNN) - A congressional effort to bypass the White House and approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline appears likely to fizzle this week, CNN has learned.
The development comes after three Democratic senators, who cast their support previously for the long-delayed, cross-border pipeline, said they would vote against the legislation.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, signaled for the first time Tuesday that he is "open" to the Senate voting on legislation that would require the approval of the controversial Keystone pipeline.
"I'm open to anything that will move energy efficiency," Reid told reporters when asked if he would agree to schedule the vote as an amendment to a bipartisan energy efficiency bill expected to be taken up later this week.
Obama’s poll numbers inch up: President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Asia. After a quick stop in Washington state to view the aftermath of the Oso landslide, he’ll continue on to Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia.
One focus of the trip will be to build support for a large Asia-Pacific trade group - the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As he departs, Obama is seeing an ever-so-slight uptick - from 41.2% at the end of January to 42.4% - in domestic approval, according to Gallup, which conducts a daily tracking poll and noted a slight improvement for the President in the first quarter of 2014 after a year of decline.