The final tally was 252-161, with 31 Democrats crossing over to vote in favor and one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), voting “present.”Across the hall, in the upper chamber, Mary (hack, spit) Landrieu is looking for votes.
In the Senate, the incumbent facing Cassidy in a Dec. 6 runoff was desperately trying to scrape together enough votes to avert a filibuster and save the bill.Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined the pro-Keystone forces today, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters, adding that she thinks she can get the 60th vote. Bennet didn’t release any statements about his decision.Our President, though, also has a vote, and he thinks we should judge the pipeline on how it will affect global warming.
“My position hasn’t changed, that this is a process that is supposed to be followed. Right now you have a case pending in Nebraska, where the pipeline would run through, in which a state court judge has questioned the plan. And until we know what the route is, it’s very hard to finish that evaluation. And I don’t think we should short- circuit that process,” Obama told reporters while in Burma on Friday.“I have also noted that, as policy matter, my government believes that we should judge this pipeline based on whether or not it accelerates climate change or whether it helps the American people with their energy costs and their gas prices,” he added. “And I have to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States, or is somehow lowering gas prices.”If all he has to fall back on is gowball warmeninng, then he's lost the debate. There is no evidence to support his conclusions, and while the US sits under a massive cold snap, it's hard to imagine that the President is still dragging out this old, tired, canard.
In the end, this gambit isn't going to help Landrieu, but if the bill passes and the President vetoes it, hat act alone will speak volumes.