McConnell: First Bill In GOP Senate Will Be To Approve Keystone Pipeline

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., smiles as he talks about basketball fans in his home state of Kentucky, and Louisville especially, as college basketball powerhouses and in-state rivals Kentucky and Lou... Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., smiles as he talks about basketball fans in his home state of Kentucky, and Louisville especially, as college basketball powerhouses and in-state rivals Kentucky and Louisville meet Friday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA playoffs, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. McConnell is flanked at rear by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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The first bill that the Republican-led Senate will bring up next year is approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters.

“The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline. … It will be open for amendments,” he said on Tuesday, calling it “a job creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support.”

The bill, which fell one vote short of defeating a Democratic filibuster last month, is expected to pass in a GOP-led Senate.

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