Houses passes bill to bypass President Obama on Keystone Pipeline

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:06am

House Republicans pushed through a bill Wednesday night to try and speed up approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The bill declared that a Presidential permit is not needed, effectively bypassing the President.

The bill passed along party lines: 241 - 175.

Supporters say that the pipeline will create thousands of jobs and lower fuel prices, while democrats say that the bill would allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review.

House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R) argued that the pipeline "will create some 20,000 direct jobs and over 100,000 indirect jobs".

The White House says that President Obama opposes the bill because it would remove the permit requirement.

The bill still needs to pass the senate with enough votes to overcome a presidential veto.

"Those of us in public office understand that our job is to serve the American people not the other way around," Boehner said.


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