Senate Democrats Shoot Down Mary Landrieu’s Keystone Bill

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill in Washington. Landrieu’s quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just eno... FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill in Washington. Landrieu’s quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just enough support from independents and Republicans to win in this increasingly conservative state. The daughter and sister of New Orleans mayors, that’s been Landrieu’s re-election strategy since 2002, when her donors included a Baton Rouge physician named Bill Cassidy_now her Republican challenger in this year’s midterm elections. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) MORE LESS
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Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline failed by just one vote on Tuesday, falling short of the 60 needed to defeat a filibuster and pass.

The measure received 59 votes.

Landrieu successfully pushed for the Senate vote ahead of a tough Dec. 6 runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy. The bill, passed last week by the House, was not likely to have a decisive impact in the race, and President Barack Obama had hinted he would veto it anyway.

The Democrats who supported the bill were Sens. Mark Begich, Michael Bennet, Tom Carper, Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly, Kay Hagan, Heidi Heitkamp, Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, John Walsh and Mark Warner.

“It’s staying on my agenda,” Landrieu told reporters after the vote. “So for jobs, for economic opportunity, for energy independence, this fight is worth having.”

The vote may be a preview of the 114th Congress in that Democrats used the 60-vote threshold to filibuster legislation supported by mostly Republicans. The GOP will have a 54-seat majority if Cassidy defeats Landrieu.

“Tonight, Senate Democrats once again stood in the way of a shovel-ready jobs project that would help thousands of Americans find work — a remarkable stance after an election in which the American people sent a clear message to Congress to approve serious policies like the Keystone XL Pipeline and get the Senate working again,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement.

He promised another vote on Keystone when the GOP takes over the chamber.

Progressive Democrats, meanwhile, expressed strong opposition to the project.

“Every dollar that we spend on fossil fuel development and use is another dollar we spent digging the graves of our grandchildren,” Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) told reporters before the vote. “And I’m not going to be a part of it anymore. I’m through. That’s just how strongly I feel.”

Correction: This post originally misstated the first name of Sen. Mark Warner. It has been updated.

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  1. Hey Mary. STFU.

  2. Well, she gave it all she had. But with this result, stick a fork in her, she is done.

    Congratulations to Senator Elect Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

  3. Another republican-lite democrat bites the dust. Sad.

  4. Well, she is a politician after all, the scum of the planet, has sold her soul to the money years ago. Dream finis, bye bye good riddance.

  5. She was already polling 12 points behind in the runoff anyways, she didn’t have a hope in Hell of this vote saving her.


    I have to laugh at Yertle and his “shovel ready” jobs commentary he resurrects everytime this thing comes up. How many reports do Republicans have to read to realize they’re squabbling over 1500 to 2000 semi-permanent to permanent jobs in the absolute best case scenario? Plus - TransCanada has moved on with a made-in-Canada solution with an already existing natural gas pipeline anyways. Keystone may eventually be built, but it isn’t going to be the magic beans anyone in the US right seems to think it will.

    Oh wait, sorry…I said Republican and read in the same sentence. My bad.

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