In March, the Senate voted on whether to overturn President Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, and both Alabama senators supported the attempted reversal.
The president’s veto was not overturned, missing the mark of the supermajority needed to reverse the veto by five ballots, having garnered only 62, according to the Senate’s roll call
Had Congress overturned the veto, a pipeline would have been built traveling from Canada to Texas to obtain oil reserves to be refined in the South.
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Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby both cast yea votes in favor of the reversal.
Following the original passage of the bill that was sent to the president, Shelby released a statement
saying, “Senate Republicans told the American people that our new Majority would focus on policies that get Washington out of the way to create jobs and opportunity. Delivering on our promise, the Senate passed legislation today to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”
Likewise, Sessions celebrated the passage of the bill in the Senate saying in a statement
, “Senate passage of the Keystone pipeline is a bipartisan affirmation of the need to support American energy jobs and lessen our reliance on foreign oil from unfriendly nations. ... This commonsense project will create thousands of good-paying jobs, mutually benefit both us and our good friends North in Canada, and set the stage for more and much-needed American energy projects.”
The senators also took jabs at the leader of their opposition’s party.
“This commonsense project has been unnecessarily blocked by the Obama Administration for far too long, which has led to the delay of tens of thousands of new good-paying jobs across the country,” Shelby said in the statement. “It’s time for President Obama to stop obstructing this job-creating project.”
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Sessions prematurely condemned the president if he chose to veto the bill, which is what Obama did in the end.
“For the President to veto this bill would be to put the irrational, discredited demands of a few far-left activists over the interests of thousands of American workers,” Sessions said in the statement.
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