Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Fails to Pass in Senate


President Barack Obama will not have to exercise his veto threat against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline after the measure failed to garner the necessary 60 votes in the Senate Tuesday afternoon.

59 votes were cast in favor of the bill, 41 against.

More than anything, the vote was a test for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who is facing a run-off vote next month to stay in her Senate seat. Her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) sponsored the same bill in the House and Landrieu had put all of her efforts over the last couple of weeks working to ensure the Democratic support to pass the measure, something her constituents mostly support.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already stated that another vote on the pipeline will occur when the new Republican-controlled Senate comes in early next year. At that point, President Obama will be faced with the decision of whether to veto a bill that will likely be passed by both Houses of Congress on a project that has the support of the majority of Americans.

Following the vote, Landrieu tweeted this message to her supporters:

While the State Department has found that the project will create tens of thousands of jobs during construction of the pipeline, it estimates only 35 permanent positions during the operational phase after two years.

Below is the full list of Democrats who voted for the Keystone bill. Not including Landrieu, three of the 14 were voted out of office this cycle:

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas
Sen. Jon Tester of Montana
Sen. John Walsh of Montana
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia

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