Keystone XL pipeline. Voting 56-42, the Senate on Thursday 8 March 2012 failed to reach 60 votes for stipulating that Congress, under the commerce clause of the Constitution, has authority to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.
President Obama in January denied an application by TransCanada Corp. to build the pipeline, saying he could not meet a tight deadline imposed by Congress, but invited the company to submit a new application.
Voting yes: Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) backed the amendment for Economic Freedom opposed by majority of Democrats and President Obama.
Voting no: Thomas Carper (D., Del.), Chris Coons (D., Del.), Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.).
The Vote 8 March 2012 (THOMAS)
31. S.AMDT.1537 to S.1813 To approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and provide for environmental protection and government oversight.Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 2/13/2012) Cosponsors (8)