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Democrats block Keystone bill in setback for Senate Republicans
Democrats block Keystone bill in setback for Senate Republicans

Swift Senate approval of legislation to expedite the Keystone XL pipeline ran into trouble Monday after Democrats temporarily blocked the measure. In the first notable test of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's leadership, key Democratic senators said they were protesting what they viewed as the majority leader's strong-arm tactics in bringing the three-week congressional debate over the pipeline to an end. These Democrats support the pipeline. Their votes were needed to overcome a filibuster from other Democrats, but several withheld their support Monday to protest McConnell's tactics. The vote was 53 to 39, shy of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the measure. Four...

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