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Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:31 PM

White House threatens to veto bill on Keystone

Source: Reuters

By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON | Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:42pm EDT

(Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said Obama would veto legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that sought to force approval of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of a new 90-day extension of federal transportation funding.

President Barack Obama earlier this year put a hold on TransCanada's $7 billion project, designed to bring crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas refineries, because he said it needed further environmental review in Nebraska.

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The House is expected to vote on the transportation funding bill as early as Wednesday.

The Senate would have to agree to the funding extension and the Keystone plan before the measure could reach Obama's desk.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-usa-keystone-idUSBRE83G1F820120417

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:41 PM

1. He "threatens"... but he will cave....

 

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Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:42 PM

3. You seem to have forgotten him killing this thing already.

Either that, or you're just ignoring the history in favor of a little Obama bashing.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:00 PM

5. He vetoed the "Northern Portion" of the pipeline...

 

This left the door open so he could later approve the entire pipeline after the election.

I'm not against Obama Or the pipeline.. this is how politicians operate.

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Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:31 PM

10. Obama never vetoed the pipeline

It originally had a route that was opposed by Nebraska's governor, a Republican; it has never come to his desk for a signature. Obama expressed opposition to a Republican bill designed to push it through without going through the normal approval process.

PolitiFact article dated April 12th, 2012

The Keystone’s sponsor says it expects the White House to approve the northern leg, from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, in 2013, after it submits an application for a new route around Nebraska’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. Meanwhile, it is going ahead with the southern portion, which Obama has endorsed, ordering agencies to expedite permitting.

FactCheck.org article dated March 30, 2012

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Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:43 PM

15. Apparently you're simply against objective reality.

For one thing, he did not "veto" it, the White House rejected the proposed plan. Period. They did approve the southern portion, for use in transporting DOMESTIC oil, not tar sands oil, to the refineries around the gulf. And yet, some people are STILL looking for an excuse to deny giving him credit.

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Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 01:45 AM

17. if he did, better let XL know that

since they are willing to break native american treaty just to go thru south dakota and thats fairly north

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:21 PM

7. And then went to Oklahoma to tout

work on the Southern portion of the project. As if the southern portion would be necessary without the connecting link.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:42 PM

2. Boy, the Republicans have just got a hell of a hardon for this thing.

Of course, I'm sure it's COMPLETELY coincidental that Boner owns stock in six different companies that would profit from it. I'm sure that has nothing to do with it!

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:35 PM

12. And why they just shot down the anti-corruption in Congress bill. That wasn't the title, but

That was the intent. To keep the Congressmen from profiting off of what they are in charge of regulating and writing laws about...

But with virtually 20 years of GOP rule in Congress, they managed to get rid of those sissy Democratic rules against conflict of interest in favor of selling out and getting rich after leaving Congress, to the point of selling out and getting rich while still in Congress.

The party crying that government is a problem and the rich shouldn't pay taxes, sure doesn't have a problem with lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars... What jerks.

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 01:46 AM

18. bit hardon for something thats gonna kill jobs in the end

will drive up the cost of gas..

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:43 PM

4. You can do it, Mr. President.

If it gets to you, Veto it.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:17 PM

6. so Nebraska needs further review, and republicans are trying to Big Guvment cram it down their

throats? thats how I just read that

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Response to pasto76 (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:56 PM

13. Yes, you read that exactly right.

Nebraska's Republican Governor objected to the originally proposed route through the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. Obama is respecting Nebraska's legitimate concerns while an alternate route is being developed for a proposal next year. It's shocking how little respect Republicans have for States' rights.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:04 PM

14. It's shocking how little respect Republicans have for States' rights.

Yes, that's your line Lasher. I just felt it needed to be highlighted.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:26 PM

8. veto the hell out of it

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:28 PM

9. Good for Obama. It's not like they're going to hate him any less than they do now!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:33 PM

11. I hope he does, I have to admit My feeling is

that he is waiting for it to be politically expedient before he gives it and some important donors the green light.

I hope he vetoes this go around and doesn't find pipeline religion after the election. One can always hope they will live up to their rhetoric, but in the end somehow the donors always get what they want from our elected representatives.

Perhaps his second term will be better than his first has been, as I said, one can hope.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2012, 12:37 AM

16. Yes please! Hope so! Veto Veto Veto !

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