As their first act, Republicans in the new Congress are aiming to vote on legislation today that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline (and thus disregard the State Department review process).
President Obama has already promised to veto the bill, a move Democrats said they would support. (The White House says those veto plans are still in effect, despite a ruling this morning by the Nebraska Supreme Court that found the pipeline’s route through the state is legal.) Speaking at the legislature’s first Energy Committee hearing yesterday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren lambasted the proposed bill with the kind of fervor rarely seen on C-SPAN. The new GOP-led Congress has been working hard to push the legislation through—but after watching this, we kind of feel sorry for anyone who tries to argue with Liz.
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