The House voted 241-175 — largely along party lines — to pass legislation that would speed up the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, despite threats of a veto by President Barack Obama.
The bill, sponsored by Nebraska Republican Rep. Lee Terry, would not require the company building the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada, to receive a cross-border permit from the White House in order to complete the northern section of the pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canadian border.
“It’s time, after almost five years, to get the Keystone pipeline working and the people working,” Terry said on the House floor on Wednesday.
The bill would essentially take the decision out of the president’s hands, which the White House opposes.
“Because H.R. 3 seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether cross-border pipelines are in the national interest by removing the Presidential Permitting requirement for the Keystone XL pipeline project, if presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto this bill,” the White House said in a statement.
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