Republican senator wants Keystone XL bill

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Posted: Jan 27, 2012 7:58 PM
Republican senator wants Keystone XL bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John Hoeven is set to introduce legislation on Monday seeking to bypass President Barack Obama and empower Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, an aide said on Friday.

Obama put TransCanada's $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline on ice last week, saying that the administration needed more time to review its environmental impacts.

Hoeven's bill would seek to put Congress effectively in control of the pipeline decision and take it away from the Obama administration. But any such measure faces the steep hurdle of having to be approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate. And even if it did, it would have to be signed by the president in order to become law.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler and Christopher Wilson)