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Democrats' Keystone pipeline bill falls short in Senate vote
Democrats' Keystone pipeline bill falls short in Senate vote

The Senate narrowly avoided a postelection showdown between the White House and Congress when a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass Tuesday. Democratic Senate leaders had allowed the vote as a boost for Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), who cosponsored the bill and faces an uphill runoff vote in December to retain her seat. A similar bill sponsored in the House by Landrieu’s opponent, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, passed easily last week, as have previous House proposals on the pipeline. With a final tally of 59 in support and 41 against, the bill fell shy of a 60-vote threshold that party leaders had...

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