Speaker John Boehner formally enrolls Keystone legislation

Feb 13, 2015 1:14 PM by CBS/AP

WASHINGTON -- Congress' Republican leadership has made it official, formally enrolling legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Barack Obama to sign it.

In a ceremony on Friday, Speaker John Boehner put his signature on the bill and called on Obama to "do the right thing" and add his name.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's spokesman, Don Stewart, said the bill will reach the president's desk "no later than our first day back." Congress is in recess for a week, and the Republican leaders are waiting to send the bill to the White House because they want to be in town when Mr. Obama vetoes it.

First proposed in 2008, the pipeline if approved would connect Canada's tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

The White House has said repeatedly it will wait to make its decision until after a State Department review.

CBS News' Walt Cronkite contributed to this report.



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