The Senate failed Thursday to overturn the White House’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline due in part to a last-minute lobbying effort by President Barack Obama.
Obama’s efforts to head off defiance of his order through phone calls to Democratic lawmakers resulted in 56 yeas and 42 nays — four short of the 60 votes needed to pass.
“The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed,” White House Press SecretaryJay Carney said when asked about Obama’s lobbying efforts earlier in the day.
The amendment to the highway bill authored by Sen. John Hoeven (R- N.D.) would have stripped the president of his authority to deny the needed permit to build the cross-border pipeline from Canada to Texas.
“Frankly, it’s hard to even comprehend how out of touch (Obama)…
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