Senate fails to override Obama pipe veto

2015-03-04 22:22
File photo, President Barack Obama. (Charles Dharapak, AP, File)

File photo, President Barack Obama. (Charles Dharapak, AP, File)

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Washington - The Republican-controlled US Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the Republican-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many possible veto showdowns to come in Obama's final term.

Proponents of the bill have said since its introduction that they didn't have the vote of two-thirds of the 100-member Senate needed to override Obama's veto.

The $8bn pipeline would transport oil harvested from Canada's tar sands to pipelines linked to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Obama said that the bill circumvented the well-established process for approving cross-border pipelines, which must be determined to be in the national interest.

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