WASHINGTON -– The Senate’s vote next week on legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline may come down to a handful of Democrats, who are now being courted aggressively by advocates on both sides of the debate.
As of Friday afternoon, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) had 59 confirmed “yes” votes for the legislation, which she co-authored with Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota. That still leaves Landrieu one vote shy of the 60 needed to pass the measure, but The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Friday that the senator said she believed she could get to 60 and would continue to whip votes.
The bill is scheduled for debate and a vote next Tuesday.
The House passed a parallel measure on Friday by a vote of 252 to 161. That measure was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Landrieu’s opponent in Louisiana’s upcoming Senate runoff election.
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