Watching Government: Wyden's Keystone surprise

Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) believed he had brought an uncontroversial energy efficiency bill to the US Senate floor for debate Sept. 12. That quickly changed when Sen. John Thune (R-SD) introduced an amendment expressing support for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project. The amendment, which Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) actually wrote, would "simply put the Senate on the record as saying the Keystone Pipeline is, in fact, in our national interest," Thune said. "I believe that is a statement the Senate ought to make. We ought to weigh in on this subject." Hoeven said Democrats also backed his amendment. "This i...

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