It’s Keystone Tuesday!

Note: This column is not about Keystone beer, but you can drink Keystone beer today if you wish.

Wowser! With the 2014 election just two weeks old, Congress is moving at breakneck speed! Is this great or what? Republicans will probably try to take credit for it, although they don’t actually take over the Senate until January.

Can a bill on immigration be far behind?

OK, that’s a stretch…

The U.S. House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday by a vote of 252-161. Montana’s lone Congressman, Steve Daines, voted for it.

Part of the reason (maybe the main reason) the House voted on Keystone is because one of their own, Republican Bill Cassidy, is in a run-off election in Louisiana against Senator Democrat Mary Landrieu. Getting Keystone approved would be a good talking point during the remaining days of the campaign.

It looks like the U.S. Senate will vote on it today. According to several sources, supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline may have the required 60 votes to move the legislation forward. That is a pretty big deal for the Senate (and for Landrieu) if it passes.

I expect Montana’s two U.S. Senators (Democrats Jon Tester and John Walsh) to vote for Keystone. Maybe after the vote, Tester, Walsh, and Daines will gather in the Capitol Rotunda and sing the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies or just chant “Drill Baby Drill.”

If the Keystone bill passes the Senate will President Barack Obama veto it? The President needs to do some work during these final two years on his legacy. Signing it could signal a decision by Obama to move to the center – to be a kinder, more gentle, middle-of-the-road President.

Or, maybe he wants a far-left legacy…

We’ll see.

For more information on the Keystone Pipeline, check out this article from NPR, “What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline” HERE.


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  1. obama said if the republicans want anything they need to win some elections, do I hear a lame duck ? Bla Bla Bla!

  2. Not caving to oil company pressure seems to me to be the best way to get a legacy into the history books that people wouldn’t laugh at. It’s called leadership. But we’d rather have our gas cost a few dimes less.

    • Greg – If it passes the senate, I guess we’ll see which way he leans. Thanks, -JmB

  3. Ok, but maybe a bit better than golf!

  4. I think Keystone is more about Mary Landrieu trying to save her job than Cassidy winning the seat. The House already approved the KeystoneXL pipeline 8 times but Harry Ried wouldn’t bring it up in the Senate once. Landrieu has been against it for 5 years and all of a sudden she is on the floor of the Senate pushing for passage ahead of her runoff with Cassidy. Even if it passes the Senate, the POTUS would likely veto it.

    Obama would be more successful in NASCAR where he can only turn left!

    • Barry – You are probably right about it being more about Landrieu getting re-elected. It will be interesting to see if the President vetoes it. Haha – I don’t think Obama would do well in NASCAR. -JmB

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