On Wednesday, the Senate voted on the potential veto override, and the final count was just five votes shy of the number required to pass a veto override. The final vote was 62-37, with Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly missing the vote.
According to the Congressional rules, each house of Congress needs two-thirds of its members in favor to override a presidential veto.
The effort to override the veto was met with bipartisan support, with eight Democratic senators voting alongside their Republican colleagues in favor of overriding the president’s veto:
- Joe Manchin (W.Va.)
- Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
- Mark Warner (Va.)
- Claire McCaskill (Mo.)
- Bob Casey (Pa.)
- Michael Bennet (Colo.)
- Tom Carper (Del.)
- Jon Tester (Mont.)
According to the Washington Examiner, Republicans plan on earmarking the Keystone funding into a larger bill. Democrats, however, warned that the president would thwart any attempt to fund the pipeline project:
“The administration has maintained it would reject bills that circumvent a federal reviewfor a cross-border permit TransCanada Corp. needs to build the pipeline’s northern leg.That State Department review has been ongoing for more than six years.”
— IJReview (@ijreview) March 3, 2015
With last November’s Republican take-over of the Senate majority, this is likely just the first skirmish between the President and the Republican controlled Congress.
—Courtesy of IJ Review