How the Senate voted for the passing of the Keystone XL

Posted by on January 31, 2015


WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to approve the authorization of the construction of Keystone XL pipeline on a 62-36 vote.

The approval of the Senate will now set up a clash of many battles with President Obama as this will be the third time the president has vetoed this bill in the past six years.

After the GOP took over the Senate in November, it became a top priority as it became the first time the Senate was able to pass the three-week work of authorizing the pipeline. The construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline would carry oil from Canada through Nebraska and from there would connect with existing pipelines to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Nine Democrats joined with the 53 Republicans to back this measure, but it is still several votes shy of the 67 votes needed to override a presidential veto. No Republicans on the Senate floor voted against this measure, while Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) missed the vote due to traveling. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also missed the vote due to recovering from an eye surgery from a gym accident earlier this month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before the vote boosted the need to pass this bill by stating, “It would support thousands of good American jobs and as the president’s own State Department has indicated, it would do this with minimal environmental impact.”

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who defeated longtime Democrat Mary Landrieu in a December runoff election due to her failures to pass this bill on the Senate floor in November touted the bill approval by saying, “We’re doing what’s right by the American people. This is so right in so many ways.” Cassidy also added a jab to the president on the halt of the project, stating, “He doesn’t tell why he doesn’t oppose it, he always gives a glib answer and skips on.”

First proposed in 2008, the $8 billion project was put on hold by the president even though Congress forced him to make a decision on this matter. It was returned in 2012 and rejected by Obama due to Congress adding a measure of a payroll tax cut extension.

Obama stated he would not be forced to make a decision like previous times on the pipeline. The approval of the president is needed since the creation will cross international border. The bill will be on Obama’s desk as early as next week as the State Department’s final comments on whether the project is in the national interest are due on Monday.

Here is the list of Senators of how they voted for the Keystone XL:

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Booker (D-NJ), Nay
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Capito (R-WV), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Cassidy (R-LA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Cotton (R-AR), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Cruz (R-TX), Yea
Daines (R-MT), Yea
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Ernst (R-IA), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Fischer (R-NE), Yea
Flake (R-AZ), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gardner (R-CO), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heinrich (D-NM), Nay
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hirono (D-HI), Nay
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kaine (D-VA), Nay
King (I-ME), Nay
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Lankford (R-OK), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Lee (R-UT), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Moran (R-KS), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Paul (R-KY), Yea
Perdue (R-GA), Yea
Peters (D-MI), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Not Voting
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rounds (R-SD), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Not Voting
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Sasse (R-NE), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay
Scott (R-SC), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Sullivan (R-AK), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Tillis (R-NC), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay

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