The latest Republican bill to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline advanced Tuesday in a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, the first stop in a push by GOP lawmakers to pass legislation by Memorial Day.
The 17-9 roll-call vote in favor of the Northern Route Approval Act by the Energy and Power Subcommittee set up a vote on Wednesday in the full committee, which is also expected to easily pass the bill by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. Just two Democrats voted for the bill: Rep. Gene Green of Texas and Rep. John Barrow of Georgia.
Memorial Day and the summer driving season may be weeks away, but lawmakers are already pressing for mostly-symbolic legislation that will let them show concern over gas prices.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee this week kick off a renewed push by Republicans to show their backing for the Keystone XL oil sands crude line from Canada. Action by both panels comes as the State Department holds its lone public hearing on the project's environmental review Thursday in Nebraska.
House Energy and Commerce Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield holds media teleconference to discuss major policy areas he will examine in the 113th Congress. Subcommittee vice chairman Rep. Steve Scalise to join.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.