Barrack Obama has used his veto for the third time in his presidency to ban the Keystone XL pipeline bill. This represents the first confrontation of the year on energy policy between the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Analysts expect that this is not the last veto showdown between the President and the Republicans, even if this is Obama`s final term.
The Republican proponents and supporters of the Keystone pipeline bill have anticipated that they would not meet the two thirds of the Senate vote required to override President Obama`s veto. And they were right. Their initiative fell four votes short. The Senate`s vote was 62-37.
However, the story seems to be far from finished.
“If we don’t win the battle today, we will win the war because we will find another bill to attach this pipeline to”
said Senator John Hoeven, Republican-North Dakota, who is the main supporter of the bill, before the Senate started the vote.
Mitch McConell, who is the Majority Leader and a U.S Senator for Kentucky, advanced the idea that the Keystone pipeline bill is a legislative proposal spirit of the President`s priorities in the beginning of his service. He encouraged senators to join them if they are interested in creating jobs and infrastructure. He said such a vote would override a party0spirited veto and would help the president quest for priorities he`s preached in the past.
Even if the idea that only a battle has been lost, but not the war is popular among the Senators, there are voices that say that further attempts to override Obama`s veto will turn out to be unproductive. Two Senators, Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse and Massachusetts’ Edward Markey said at a press conference that a future vote in order to pass the project is futile. They have referred to the failed attempt to turn over Obama`s policies on immigration.
The Keystone pipeline costs about 10 million dollars to build. It would create 42,000 jobs in the construction industry. Still, analysts predicted that almost every job in this field would be temporary. They say these jobs would last an average of 19.5 weeks and only 35 out of 42,000 would become permanent jobs.
The Keystone pipeline means a 1,700 pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. Analysts say it would not have significant effects on the environment. In absence of such a pipeline, the 830,000 barrels of oil that it was projected to transport would find their way into the U.S. via rail.
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