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The Hoeven amendment failed to garner the required 60 votes in the Senate. The final vote count was 56-42.
Eleven Democrats voted in favor of the amendment.
RT @kerpen: 11 Ds so far voting YES on Keystone XL: Baucus Begich Casey Conrad Hagan Landrieu Manchin McCaskill Pryor Tester Webb
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) March 8, 2012
From earlier today:
More Cornyn on POTUS lobbying against Keystone: "Behind-the-scenes maneuvering in his crusade against Keystone is… http://t.co/MauF8yQB
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 8, 2012
Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement responding to reports that the President is personally lobbying Democrat Senators to vote against an amendment that would approve the Keystone pipeline’s construction:
“Americans have heard the President profess to wake up every morning thinking about jobs, but apparently today he woke up thinking about how to lobby against them.
“President Obama’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering in his crusade against Keystone is the starkest reminder yet he’s the only thing standing between this country and more jobs.”
Just to be clear, Senator Cornyn didn’t call it a “War Against Keystone XL.” We did. Why? Because we think that’s funny.
If you don’t think so, please write and tell us why.
Obama Making Personal Phone Calls To Senate Dems Begging Them To Vote Against Keystone Pipeline… http://t.co/nlnqw8bo
— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) March 8, 2012
At today’s White House briefing, press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Obama’s phone calls to senators:
Carney pressed again on Obama calling senators on Keystone: "The president obviously has communications with Congress with some regularity."
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 8, 2012
Carney says the pres believes i's wrong "to play politics" with the pipeline. Obama delayed pipeline decision till after the pres election.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 8, 2012
Carney stresses that TransCanada says it would take years before a single drop of oil flowed through the pipeline anyway.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 8, 2012
Carney has a knack for deflecting questions, though he has a tendency to do so ineptly. Those who are suspicious about Obama’s behavior are unlikely to be satisfied with Carney’s answer.
Former president Bill Clinton may be throwing a small wrench in Obama’s plans. Though he’s been out of the White House for more than 11 years, Clinton still has a lot of political pull.
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) March 8, 2012
To make matters more difficult for the administration, Democratic aides said reports last week that former President Bill Clinton came out in favor of building the pipeline are making it harder for Democratic senators to oppose it.
Right now, though, it’s unclear as to how much influence Clinton actually has regarding the Senate vote. Senate Republicans still need a substantial number of Democrats to side with them.
The measure needs 60 votes to pass which means, with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois out sick, Republicans will need to pick up 14 Democratic votes for the amendment to pass.
Twitter users aren’t shy when it comes to expressing their opinions on anything and everything. Keystone XL is no exception. Here are some of their thoughts and reactions:
This week, Obama said of course he doesn't want high gas prices. Then why has he been personally lobbying Senators to kill Keystone?
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) March 8, 2012
"The Dem alternative aligns with Pres Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL jobs and is a massive over-reach into the private sector. " #KXL
— The Lugar Center (@TheLugarCenter) March 8, 2012
Bill McKibben And Ezra Levant Debate Keystone XL Pipeline Pros And Cons http://t.co/X0eYfNQO
— Forested Streams (@ForestedStreams) March 8, 2012
— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) March 8, 2012
— Suzanne Goldenberg (@suzyji) March 8, 2012
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) March 8, 2012
With American families struggling to find jobs & feeling pinched at the pump, we need #KeystoneXL now more than ever.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) March 8, 2012
Obama knows keeping the environment safe and uncontaminated in the long run is more important than making money in the short run #Keystone
— WhyVote4Obama (@WhyVote4Obama) March 8, 2012
— Kevin Mooney (@KevinMooneyDC) March 8, 2012
We are funding oil exploration for Brazil (Soros) but Keystone? Obama is actively lobbying against it, but he "won't play politics w/it."
— Ken (@KenFro) March 8, 2012
— Shaun Jenkins (@shaunj_07) March 8, 2012
And then there’s this guy:
Am I the only one who reads "Keystone XL Pipeline" and thinks, "That must be one hell of a keg of beer"?
— Pete Heery (@bronlau) March 8, 2012
THEN: Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama – Yahoo! News http://t.co/cfuBsd07 — NOW: TRYING TO DO THE MOON WALK OVER THE ISSUE!
— ROCKWITHBECK (@ROCKWITHBECK) March 9, 2012
The president didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline — Republicans did.
That’s the message on Tuesday from White House spokesman Jay Carney as gas prices rise above $4.00 per gallon.
“The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney said, because the proposal to construct the pipeline was reviewed by the Department of State.
President Barack Obama’s decisions to nix construction of the pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and by some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers. They say Obama cancelled the pipeline, and up to 20,000 well-paying jobs, to please his environmentalist supporters as the November election draws closer.