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Keystone XL showdown imminent in US Senate

Southern Democrats are trying to force a vote immediately on the long-stalled project.


WASHINGTON — A dramatic showdown over Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline has erupted on the floor of the US Senate.

Embattled southern Democrats are trying to force a vote immediately on the long-stalled project.

Chief among them is Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, who risks losing her seat in runoff election next month.

Proponents argue that the current Congress has long supported a Keystone bill – but it’s only blocked by the Democratic leadership in the Senate.

Following last week’s midterms, a Keystone vote wasn’t expected until early next year when the new Republican-dominated Congress is sworn in – but it appears some Democrats want to do it now.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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