Washington, D.C. — Democrats in a U.S. Senate blocked a Keystone XL tube check from relocating brazen on Monday, though supporters of a plan vowed to pull forward and eventually get a opinion on a measure.
The Senate unsuccessful to get a 60 votes indispensable to extent debate, voting 53 to 39 on a measure.
The Keystone check allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp’s plan to couple Canada’s oil sands to refineries on a Gulf Coast.
Democrats, who mislaid control of a Senate as a outcome of November’s elections, flexed their muscles to broach a summary to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will have to understanding with them even on bills that suffer some bipartisan support.
McConnell has affianced that amendments to bills will be debated in an open process. But Democrats pronounced McConnell cut off discuss final Thursday on several amendments.
“He’s got to work with us and not try to jam us,” Senator Chuck Schumer pronounced of McConnell. Democrats are not perplexing to check a bill, though they don’t wish McConnell to close down a open routine during his whim, pronounced Schumer, a Senate’s third ranking Democrat.
Republicans have done flitting a Keystone check a initial priority of a new Senate.
But a White House has pronounced President Barack Obama would reject a bill, and Keystone supporters are 4 votes brief of a 67 indispensable to overcome any veto.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, a authority of a appetite committee, vowed to work with Democrats on her row to cruise additional amendments.