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Obama Says He'll Veto Transpo Extender tied to Keystone XL

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 05:24 PM

The House will vote tomorrow on whether to extend transportation funding another three months -- but President Obama has already threatened to veto it over language mandating approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The bill would authorize transportation funding through September 30 -- three months longer than the current funding authorization -- but it ties the extension to constructing the pipeline.

The White House said in a strongly worded statement Tuesday "because this bill circumvents a longstanding and proven process for determining whether cross-border pipelines are in the national interest by mandating the permitting of the Keystone XL pipeline before a new route has been submitted and assessed, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this legislation."

 

 

 

 

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