“This pipeline should have been built some time ago”
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Support among Senate Democrats for a vote on legislation to build the Keystone oil pipeline is growing, raising pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
At least five Democrats say they would definitely vote in favor of legislation to build Keystone, while one other is seen as a “likely yes” vote.
Five more Democrats have pressed the administration to set a deadline on its decision, leading Keystone’s proponents to think they can get a strong vote if Reid were to allow it.
All of the chamber’s Republicans would be expected to vote for the bill.
“There is building support in the Democratic Caucus to move forward on Keystone,” Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said Wednesday. “Many Democrats, like myself, believe this pipeline should have been built some time ago, so we are frustrated with the slowness of the process.”
She expressed hope on Wednesday that Reid would schedule a stand alone vote on a Keystone.