Republicans Say Obama Told Them He Will Approve Keystone Pipeline, Per Report

Emerging from a lunch with President Obama on Wednesday, House Republicans said that Obama will approve the Keystone pipeline. The president has previously voiced opposition, but according to a BuzzFeed report, appears to have indicated that’s no longer the case.

“[Rep. John] Carson and other Republicans present at the meeting said they were told the White House would drop its objection,” according to the report. The administration, in the past, had attributed its opposition to environmental concerns — while his critics argued it would create jobs as well as provide a domestic source of energy.

The meeting in general was characterized as cordial and productive:

But “it wasn’t just platitudes and niceties. It was substantive,” said Rep. Michael Grimm.

They talked about a range of issues, including entitlement reform, gun control, immigration and tax reform. “We even talked about reopening the White House tours,” Grimm said.

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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