Nov 18, 2014 3:04 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is indicating that President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving the Keystone X-L oil pipeline.
The Senate has scheduled a vote later today on whether to advance the measure. Sixty votes are needed, and supporters are nearly there.
A spokesman today says Obama doesn't support the legislation, because it's a decision that should be made through "the regular process."
A senator who'd been seen as a possible 60th vote -- Maine independent Angus King -- announced today that he would oppose the bill despite what he described as his frustration over Obama's refusal to make a decision on it.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (LAN'-droo) has been pushing for passage of the measure, hoping it will boost her chances in an upcoming runoff with Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy. He sponsored an identical bill that passed the House on Friday.
Environmentalists have urged Obama to reject the pipeline as proof of his commitment to curb global warming, even though a State Department environmental review said it would not worsen the problem. The oil industry, labor unions and Republicans have called on Obama to approve it, arguing that it would create jobs and reduce oil imports from the Middle East.