Watching Government: GOP pushes back on Keystone

If there was ever doubt that congressional Republicans would accept US President Barack Obama's Jan. 18 ruling against the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, it disappeared completely on Jan. 30 when three GOP members of the US Senate announced they would introduce a new bill to approve the project. Richard D. Lugar (Ind.), John Hoeven (ND), and David Vitter (La.) said that Congress has such authority under Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution's Commerce Clause. Forty-one other senators, including several Democrats, are cosponsors, they added. "The job creation, economic, and energy security arguments are overwhelmingly in favor of building the pipeline," said Lugar...

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