Obama may veto Keystone authorization bill
The White House is hinting that President Obama will veto any bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
One of the few bi-partisan pieces of legislation is threatened by the most partisan president in history.
The White House on Thursday hinted that President Obama could veto congressional legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline as lawmakers in both the House and Senate were readying votes on the controversial construction project.
"Our dim view of these kinds of proposals has not changed,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.
Earnest reiterated that the State Department was still reviewing the controversial pipeline project, and that litigation in a Nebraska court still needed to be resolved.
On Wednesday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), facing a tough reelection effort, requested unanimous consent to proceed on a vote approving the pipeline. With nearly a dozen Democrats supporting the measure, the Louisiana senator may have the votes to pass the bill into law.
“I am glad that we will now have an up-or-down vote on the Hoeven-Landrieu bill to green light the Keystone pipeline, and I urge all senators to join me in the effort to approve this important project,” Landrieu said in a statement.
Although a dozen Democrats may join Republicans in passing a bill, that isn't enough to override a presidential veto. Several of those Democratic votes would disappear in the new sesssion of Congress beginning in January, as most pro-Keystone Democratic Senators lost their seats in the mid term elections. By my calculations, Republicans would still need 13 Democrats to bolt in order to override a presidential veto in the new Congress. At this point, it doesn't appear possible.
President Obama is making a dramatic swing even farther left than he has been in the past following the mid terms. On every issue from immigration, to the EPA regs on carbon, to the pipeline, to closing Gitmo, Obama is preparing to energize his base far left liberal supporters. He's got nothing to lose anymore.