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How Did Texas Senators Vote in Narrow Defeat of Keystone XL Pipeline?

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By    |   Friday, 09 Oct 2015 12:36 AM

The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been firmly supported at every phase by Texas senators, which they voted to approve for the potential economic benefit the Keystone Xl pipeline promised Texas refineries. Despite their support, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act failed to pass in Congress.

The oil pipeline, which had been under discussion in Washington, D.C., since 2008, was a proposed pathway for about 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to travel from Canada to refineries at the Gulf of Mexico.

Supporters said the pipeline is a job creator, but detractors pointed to possible environmental disasters created by the pipeline.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act was sponsored by North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven. After being passed in both the House and Senate, it received a veto at President Obama’s desk.

The Senate tried to override the veto in early March of 2015, but failed to get the two-thirds majority required in the Senate.

Both Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. Cruz and Cornyn also voted to override the Obama veto of the project. That veto did not get enough votes to pass.

Cruz said environmentalists should not be afraid of the pipeline. “If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline,” Cruz said at the Heritage Action’s Conservative Policy Summit. Cruz believed the alternative to the Keystone pipeline is for Canada to make a partnership with China, which will not be environmentally friendly.

Cornyn also supported the pipeline and use of American energy resources. In a 2013 statement encouraging Secretary of State John Kerry to approve a permit for construction of the pipeline, Cornyn said: “The Keystone XL pipeline will supply both energy from our closest friend and partner and create jobs in the United States. Further delay will continue to hurt job creation and may damage our relationship with Canada. We cannot afford more delay.”

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The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been firmly supported at every phase by Texas senators, which they voted to approve for the potential economic benefit the Keystone Xl pipeline promised Texas refineries. Despite their support, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act failed to pass in Congress.
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