Effort To Override President Obama’s Keystone Veto Garners Bipartisan Support


(IJ Review) Following President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would begin a push to override that veto.

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:

  1. Joe Manchin (W.Va.)
  2. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
  3. Mark Warner (Va.)
  4. Claire McCaskill (Mo.)
  5. Bob Casey (Pa.)
  6. Michael Bennet (Colo.)
  7. Tom Carper (Del.)
  8. 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.”

In other news surrounding Keystone XL, president obama recently claimed that the projected oil delivery through the pipeline wouldn’t even be for American use:

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

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