By Andrew Restuccia – The Hill
Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project.
The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill.
We intend to continue our efforts, including on this bill,â€ Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) told reporters shortly after the Senate Keystone vote. â€œRemember, weâ€™re going to have to come to an agreement with the House, and I believe there is strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline project in the House as well.â€
The SenateÂ rejectedÂ Thursday night the Republican Keystone measure, which came up as an amendment to the Senate highway bill, in a 56-42 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage.
â€œWeâ€™re going to continue this fight on behalf of a project that the people of this country very much want,â€ Hoeven said.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) said he hoped the measure could be added either during floor debate on the highway bill in the House or as part of a bicameral conference process aimed at coming to an agreement on the bill.
â€œIf not, there will be other bills,â€ Lugar said, noting that Republicans successfully won inclusion in a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut of a measure requiring that Obama make a decision on the pipeline with 60 days.
To read more, visit:Â http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/215097-senate-gop-on-keystone-this-isnt-over
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