After President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, the GOP promised to try to pass the bill again - without Obama’s support.
Two-thirds of Congress needed to vote in favor of the pipeline. The measure fell short in the Senate by five votes, although eight Democrats broke party lines and voted in favor of the bill.
"If we don't win the battle today, we will win the war, because we will attach it to another piece of legislation,” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), who wrote the bill.
Republicans will likely try to attach the bill to transportation legislation, Hoeven said. Congress has until May 31 to pass legislation funding new transportation measures, The Hill reported.
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“This is coming back in the form an infrastructure bill, a road bill that we are all voting for,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), who voted in favor of the pipeline.
Some politicians are calling Republicans' plan to push the Keystone pipeline forward ridiculous. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) said the GOP is acting in a “politically delusional way” if they think their plan will work.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) said Obama wouldn’t fall for their tactics. "If Sen. Hoeven wants to play more hostage politics with the Keystone pipeline that simply revives the two big failures of their disastrous first two months," he said. "If they want to go that way, the politician in me says, ‘please.'"