Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Senate opponents of the piepline are loading up amendments on the bill

Senate Democrats are trying to force Republicans into an awkward vote on climate change before the GOP can push through a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Senate is expected to debate the Keystone bill amendments next week, and Democrats hope to pin down Republicans from swing states who face reelection in 2016, such as Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk, on whether they believe that burning fossil fuels plays a role in climate change.

Kirk had told POLITICO this week that he didn’t think an amendment on climate change science would make it to the floor — a scenario that could allow Democrats to try to blame Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for squelching an open debate over energy issues.


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