Senate GOPers introduce a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline

Senate Republicans on Monday introduced a bill that would have Congress approve the Keystone XL pipeline instead of waiting for President Barack Obama to grant a permit.

The proposal puts the senators on a similar but distinct track from House GOP leaders seeking to take control of the issue away from the White House.

The Senate bill — co-sponsored by 43 Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — would greenlight the pipeline outside of Nebraska. Inside the Cornhusker State, Nebraskan officials would have as long as they need to find an alternative route.

“We tried to address any and all concerns that have been raised,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), one of the bill’s lead sponsors, told POLITICO last week. Hoeven said Congress has the authority under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to oversee commerce with foreign powers.

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