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Senate approves Keystone XL pipeline

Staff writer |
U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the controversial Keystone XK oil pipeline, prompting a showdown with President Barack Obama, who has promised to veto the legislation.

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In a 62-36 vote, Republicans were able to peel away multiple Democrats from President Obama's position on the pipeline, ensuring easy passage for the bill once it cleared a filibuster. If Obama vetoes the bill as promised, supporters do not have the 67 votes need to override his decision.

The pipeline was first proposed in 2008 and would carry oil 1,179 miles from Canada's tar sands to Nebraska, where it would connect to an existing pipeline and continue traveling south.

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