2014-04-29T183854Z_1_CBREA3S1FSW00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Senator Reid opens door to Keystone pipeline vote

Reid answers questions from reporters after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an abrupt election-year shift in strategy, opened the possibility on Tuesday of allowing a vote on congressional approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. “I’m open to anything that will move energy efficiency,” Reid, a long-time foe of the project, told reporters. He was referring to a bill that would save energy through tougher building codes sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, and Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, that the Senate is expected to consider as early as next week. Details were unclear, but in exchange for Republicans supporting the efficiency bill, Reid could permit a vote on a measure that would allow Congress to approve the bill of the pipeline.

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