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Republicans Ready to Push Keystone XL Pipeline Bill


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ssuaphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Republicans on Capitol Hill look set to push legislation on the Keystone XL Pipeline as their first order of business.

A first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, the second day of the new Republican-led Congress.

On Monday, the White House declined to say whether President Obama will veto a Keystone bill.

“I’m not prepared at this point to, to issue a veto threat relating to that specific piece of legislation,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his press briefing.

Earnest did say, however, that the president is still critical of the project.

“The pipeline would have I think what he described as a nominal impact on gas prices in this country but he was concerned about the impact that it could have on carbon pollution and the contribution it could make to carbon pollution,” Earnest said.

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