Manchin joins Senate GOP on bill to bypass Obama on Keystone XL

But four Senate Republicans side with Obama.

Greenwire reports,

All but four Senate Republicans today backed an upper-chamber plan to undo President Obama’s rejection of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and immediately begin construction of the $7 billion link between Canada’s oil sands and Gulf Coast refineries.

The introduction of a new Senate bill expediting the XL line, which Obama denied a permit on Jan. 18, gives that chamber two parallel paths to keep the project in the public eye this spring. Today’s legislation, authored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), would replace the executive order that empowered the State Department to review and ultimately urge a veto of the pipeline with a go-ahead from the legislative branch. One Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has signed on as a co-sponsor.

“It will create thousands of jobs, help control fuel prices at the pump and reduce our reliance on Middle East oil, and it can be accomplished with congressional authority, just as the [Trans-]Alaska Pipeline was nearly 40 years ago,” Hoeven said in a statement on the measure…

The four Republicans who declined to sign on as original co-sponsors of the pipeline bill are Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who faces a tough re-election battle this fall; Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

Sen. Kirk, who recently suffered a stroke, was one of eight Republican House members to vote in favor of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.

Sens. Brown, Snowe and Collins are all RINOs.

Read Steve Milloy’s Charleston Daily Mail op-ed “Who does Joe play for in the Senate?”

5 thoughts on “Manchin joins Senate GOP on bill to bypass Obama on Keystone XL”

  1. If the states don’t start taking control over state activities it won’t be long till everything is run from Washington DC and there isn’t a great record of success from there so far. An interstate compact would be great if one of the governors would take the ball and run with it.
    Snow and Collins aren’t even fit to be called Rhinos. If they represent conservatives in their state I would hate to see a liberal.

  2. That is a great idea. They could form a legal compact, such as those already in place for nurses, concealed carry, driver’s license and so on. Once they have an interstate compact they have no need for federal intervention or control. All the money from the pipeline can be shared by the states, oil companies, and Canada.

  3. When Brown was elected, there was an up-swell of “Brown for President” from across the GOP spectrum. For a Republican to get elected to office in that part of the country, they have to be pretty liberal. As such, we should not be surprised.

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