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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said all Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has to do for the Senate to move forward on Keystone XL is change his attitude.

“All the majority leader has to do is quit acting the way he’s acting,” McConnell said Tuesday.

After the Senate failed to advance an energy efficiency bill Monday during a procedural vote, all bets were off between Reid and McConnell on allowing a stand-alone vote approving the oil-sands pipeline to come before the upper chamber.