Democrats Block Keystone XL Pipeline


keystoneLast night, Senate Democrats blocked the construction of Keystone XL, the pipeline that would transport petroleum from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

The vote, which was 59-41, was put off by Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, in fear that it may have effected recent elections. The House has voted multiple times in favor of the pipeline even though the impression was left that President Obama would reject the bill.

“It certainly is a piece of legislation that the president doesn’t support,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, “because the president believes that this is something that should be determined through the State Department and the regular process that is in place to evaluate projects like this.”

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll from May, 65 percent of Americans think the pipeline should be built.

Meanwhile, the Senate Republicans made sure the government’s domestic spying privileges were held in place, blocking legislations that would heavily limit the National Security Agency’s powers. Republicans have been campaigning against the bill, named The Freedom Act, which appeared after the Snowden leaks last summer due to the country’s current involvement with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Many believe it could make the United States more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Read more at the New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}