Schumer: Senate Will Vote on Keystone, Outcome to Be 'Real Close'

Monday, 05 May 2014 10:48 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The Senate will vote on the Keystone XL pipeline and the outcome will be "real close," Sen. Chuck Schumer said on MSNBC.

Following the decision by President Barack Obama in April to indefinitely delay approval of the pipeline, lawmakers are considering doing an end run around the administration to approve the project.

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Schumer said Democrats were "willing to see a vote on Keystone," but maintained the project was "less important than it used to be" because of advancements that have led to other oil and gas opportunities.

"I think they'll be a vote on Keystone," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. "Each side thinks they're going to win."

Proponents of the Keystone pipeline have pointed to the jobs that would be created from the project. On that point, Schumer said Keystone was "not the issue that each side is making it to be."

Schumer stressed the issue that was important to the jobs picture was the debate over raising the minimum wage. He predicted lawmakers would reach an agreement on the issue "within the next six months."

Democrats in the Senate failed April 30 to get the majority needed to pass a minimum wage bill. The legislation called for the federal rate to rise gradually from its current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 over 30 months.

Schumer said it's possible for Republicans and Democrats to "sit down and negotiate" on raising the minimum wage. He said the rate of $10.10 was important to help low wage earners rise above the poverty level.

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