Senate passes amendment supporting Keystone XL pipeline

Senators John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., offered an amendment Friday that passed, putting the U.S. Senate on record in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The measure, which is attached to the Senate budget bill, was co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Mary Landrieu, D-La., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Mark Begich, R-Alaska, Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va..

The measure passed by a vote of 62 to 37.

The Hoeven-Baucus measure established a formal recognition by the U.S. Senate that the Keystone XL pipeline, a major energy infrastructure project, will boost the nation’s economic growth and contribute revenues to the U.S. Treasury.

Just prior to passage of the Hoeven-Baucus Amendment, a second amendment that attempted to put delays and restrictions on the project was defeated by a vote of 33 to 66, making it very clear that the administration should not delay or put more restrictions on the Keystone XL pipeline.