Keystone pipeline passes one US legislative hurdle

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, who previously blocked a vote on the keystone XL pipeline, speaks at the U.S. Capitol on November 13, 2014 in Washington, DCThe US House of Representatives on Friday approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada, but the measure could still find itself blocked in the Senate. The project, which would bring oil from tar sands in Alberta province to US refineries, passed the Republican-controlled House by 252 votes to 161, with 31 Democrats supporting the measure. It is the ninth time the chamber has passed pro-Keystone legislation, but the pipeline still faces resistance in the Senate, where Democrats will retain a majority until the new Congress in January. “Hopefully, this ninth vote is the charm and the Senate and president will finally agree that after six years it’s time to say yes to energy and yes to jobs,” energy and commerce committee chairman Fred Upton said.

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