John Hoeven

Bi-partisan efforts in the pipeline

On Tuesday the United States Senate blocked a bill previously passed by the House of Representatives to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This project has become a dividing line between those who see the project as harming the environment and those who see it as boosting jobs. This particular vote was also seen as a Hail Mary political move by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA. She's facing tough campaign prospects in a run-off election against U.S. Rep. William Cassisdy, R-LA. She argued that the pipeline would mean job creation both in her home state of Louisiana and many rural communities across multiple states. The vote was 59 to approve the project. All 45 of...