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Bipartisan bill approves pipeline construction
Senators introduce bill to approve Keystone pipeline construction
Associated Press
2014-05-02 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- US. Senate supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline have introduced legislation authorizing its immediate construction and say they expect the measure will come to a vote in the coming days.

The legislation was introduced by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Sen. John Hoeven.

In a statement, they said it has the support of all 45 Senate Republicans and 10 Democrats.

The legislation is the latest response in Congress to the Obama administration's recent announcement that it was delaying a decision on the pipeline indefinitely, citing a Nebraska court case relating to the project.

The House has voted previously to approve construction of the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the United States, where it eventually would reach Gulf Coast states.

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