Exclusive:Republicans seek to cut Obama out of Keystone decision

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 5:23 PM
Exclusive:Republicans seek to cut Obama out of Keystone decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the Senate are drafting a bill that would approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, circumventing President Barack Obama who is reluctant to sign off on the project, an aide to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven told Reuters on Wednesday.

While approval of cross-border pipelines has traditionally been made by the administration, Congress can use its authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations to approve the pipeline, said Ryan Bernstein, an energy advisor to Hoeven.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)