A Republican attempt to push forward an amendment that would authorize construction of the entire Keystone XL Pipeline fell short in the Senate today.
The amendment, added on to a transportation bill, needed 60 votes to pass. It received 56 in support, 42 in opposition, with two Republicans abstaining from voting. The rest of the Republican Senators and 11 Democratic Senators supported the bill.
The vote comes a little over a week after TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) announced it would build a portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline anyway. The Keystone XL Pipeline became a controversial issue when President Barack Obama, citing environmental concerns and a deadline imposed on him by Congress, rejected plans for the pipeline in Jan. 2012. Obama contacted Democratic Senators urging them to oppose the amendment, and it looks like his efforts bore fruit. Read