Special to SEGAZINE
A Senate bill to bypass the White House and approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could soon come up for a vote, and both of Georgia’s Republican Senators have signed on.
The bill would give project backer TransCanada permission to build and operate the more than 2,000 mile pipeline.
Georgia Republican U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are cosponsors, along with the other 43 Senate Republicans and 11 Democrats. The number is just shy of the 60 votes needed to avoid procedural hurdles that could defeat the bill.
“What it does is acknowledge what the State Department, every state in the United States through which the pipeline would travel, and the overwhelming American public, labor unions and everybody else wants, and that’s to build the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Isakson said.
Final approval is in the hands of the U.S. State Department.