Obama’s Second Chance with Keystone XL Pipeline

Will Obama reject the Keystone XL Pipeline again?

Fuel costs are still high.

Unemployment rate is still at 8.2%.

Underemployment rate is at 14.9%.

November election is coming fast.

All of the above factors have pressured Obama into a decision to speed up the southern part of the Keystone XL Pipeline as he made the announcement in Cushing, Oklahoma. Today I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority,” he said, standing in front of rows of pipes, looking like he was concerned with fuel costs.

The problem is…it was just all election-year propaganda back then, on March 22, 2012.

Now, Obama may be facing with a tough decision…as the Keystone XL Pipeline, once again, may be on its way back to his desk in the White House. Pass or veto?

On 4/18/2012, the House of Representatives passed a measure to move the Keystone XL Pipeline forward. Although Obama threatened to veto it anyway before this vote took place, 69 Democrats joined Republicans in the House to pass the measure anyway, 293 to 127. That is correct—69 Democrats broke away from the President to side with Republicans, an improvement from 47 when a vote took place last July.

But then, there are Hary Reid and his Democrats in the Senate—the real congressional obstructionists. In a vote took place last month, 11 Democrat Senators voted with the 47 Republicans in the Senate while Hary Reid used filibuster to stop it—in such case, there would be a need for 2 more Democrats to make it to the 60 votes to break filibuster.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will force another vote on Keystone in the Senate for sure. If Republicans can find 2 more Democrats to vote with them—and there is a good chance that they may be able to do so with so many people in the public now wanting the pipeline—President Obama either:

1)     makes good on his veto threat and faces the public who want the pipeline—especially if higher gasoline prices come this summer, or

2)     approves and moves the pipeline forward—a win for the people—and faces the angers from his far left environmentalists in an election year

What will he do?

Ch3 Nguyen

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