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US Senate faces Keystone cliffhanger, outcome uncertain

Protesters participate in an anti-Keystone pipeline demonstration in New York on November 18, 2014The US Senate votes Tuesday on approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to bring crude to Gulf coast refineries from Canada’s controversial tar sands — a measure President Barack Obama signalled he might veto. The vote itself, the most contentious Senate action since Republicans roared to victory in this month’s midterm elections, will be a nailbiter. Under special rules for the measure, 60 votes are needed for passage in the 100-member Senate, and supporters acknowledged early Tuesday they remained one vote short. We think we maybe have 60, but we won’t know until the vote,” said Senator John Hoeven, the bill’s Republican co-sponsor.

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