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Clayton Thomas-Muller, with Idle No More and 350.org rallys with demonstrators against the Keystone XL pipeline outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The Keystone XL pipeline has become a proxy for debates about global warming, jobs and energy security. Republicans who now control both houses of Congress have vowed to make approval of the pipeline one of their first pieces of legislation this year, a move the Obama administration opposes. Photo: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg
Photo: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Senate Democrats Look to Tweak Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline

DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions such as lifting a ban on crude oil exports.

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Demonstators take part in a protest outside of the White House against the building of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline on January 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The US House of Representatives approved a Republican measure on January 9 authorizing the pipeline, hours after a state court removed a legal roadblock to the controversial project's construction. Lawmakers voted 266 to 153 to pass the bill that circumvents the White House, setting up the first major showdown between newly-empowered Republicans who now control Congress and US President Barack Obama who has vowed to veto the measure. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Moves Ahead on Keystone Despite Obama Veto Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat.

A test vote was scheduled for late Monday, though winter weather could delay the roll call.

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