Senate vote on Keystone may not happen
May 6th, 2014
08:21 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate vote on Keystone may not happen

(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.

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Democratic leaders warned GOP senators they would not be allowed to amend the energy bill. In addition, they said Republicans would only get a vote on Keystone if they don’t block the energy efficiency measure.

“If they want to vote on Keystone, they can vote Keystone, but enough is enough,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, declaring amendments on the energy efficiency bill off limits.

Republicans insisted they be allowed four or five amendments to the bill and warned they would filibuster the energy bill if they didn’t get them.

“We haven’t had a fulsome energy debate in the Senate since 2007. Seven years ago,” McConnell said. “What we’re asking for here is four or five amendments related to the subject of energy, one of the biggest issues in our country. That is hardly obstructionism.”

“It seems like this is nothing but a game of diversion and obstruction to many Senate Republicans,” complained Reid about what he described as shifting list of GOP demands for amendments. “Every time a group of Republicans feigns interest in bipartisanship, only to scramble away at the last moment. It is part of a calculated political scheme.”

Republicans have long chafed against the Democratic majority for routinely preventing GOP amendments and complained they’ve only been allowed votes on eight of their own amendments since last July.

Republicans accused the Democratic leadership of playing politics with the efficiency bill by blocking votes on hot-button energy and environmental issues – such preventing new EPA regulations of coal-fired electrical plants – which the White House and several centrist Democrats up for re-election want to avoid.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -good for the nation. Good for the environment too.

    May 6, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. alex

    Republicans can't win anything by a vote, the democratic process, so there have to sabotage the entire American government.

    May 6, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. bf

    Dirty Harry at it again!

    May 6, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Oil is what makes us breath cleaner air , it takes energy to run air filters ,we need to burn more clean coal , it obvious .

    Like that tall thin lady on TV say's , How white my shirts can be , You can be a man if don't smoke the same cigarets as me.

    It's all about satisfaction and any new EPA regulations of coal-fired electrical plants would bad for the video game market , it's about jobs .

    May 7, 2014 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  5. sonnie3

    So sad, Harry is in another one of his (my way or the highway) type of moods. No compromise for this guy.

    May 7, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Hope it doesn't. There are not enough jobs created for the disaster that could destroy our country if there's a leak.
    Think Horizon in the Gulf. Fish and other creatures are still dying.

    May 7, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  7. @RI_Roger

    The American people should be able to demand a senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. This system is enormously flawed if one person, Harry Reid, is the only one in the way of a vote. The vote must take place and the cards fall where they may. If passed, the Dems still have the President to Veto and the Senate would need to revote to pass with 67 votes.

    May 7, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |