By Zack Colman | Washington Examiner
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected on Wednesday to approve legislation mandating construction of the Keystone XL pipeline’s northern leg, but its chances of reaching the Senate floor are already dashed.
“I agreed to give them a vote. They, the Republicans, they wouldn’t take it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in reference to a May proposal allowing the same standalone Keystone XL measure in exchange for an amendment-free energy-efficiency bill.
Getting the bill to the floor was a long shot after that. But committee Chairwoman Mary Landrieu, D-La., who is facing a tough re-election fight, wants to brandish her support for Keystone XL in a race that, for Louisiana voters, has turned into a proxy vote on which party should control the Senate.
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