White House Pledges Keystone Veto

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President Barack Obama will veto legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if it passes Congress, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.

The now Republican-controlled Senate pledged earlier in the day that the controversial pipeline project that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast would be its first piece of legislation on the new Congress. Senate leaders say they now have enough support to approve the project, which failed to pass by one vote when Democrats controlled the Senate last year.

The House is expected to pass its version of a bill approving the pipeline before the Senate on Friday.

But Earnest said the bill will not be approved once if it reaches the president’s desk.

“I can confirm that the president would not sign this bill,” Earnest told reporters Tuesday.


-- Andrew Rafferty