Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) announced Tuesday that he will move the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the first order of business in the GOP-controlled Senate next year.

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“We’ll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support,” he said. “The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline.”

McConnell said he will give senators an unfettered chance to offer amendments.

He expressed hope that colleagues would pursue energy-related amendments but pledged not to restrict what amendments they offer.