Schumer: Enough votes to uphold KXL veto

Man wearing tie holding up sign "Keystone Is An Act of War", other protesters next to him.

You ever see big bugs when you flip them onto their backs and their legs flail frantically? That’s how the Republicans will act when we stop the Keystone pipeline:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on CBS’s Face The Nation that Senate Democrats have enough votes to sustain the widely expected veto that President Obama will issue after Republicans pass a bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Schumer said, “I think there will be enough Democratic votes to sustain the president’s veto…Our Republican colleagues say that this is a jobs bill but that really is not true at all. By most estimates it would create several thousand temporary construction jobs and only 35 permanent jobs…Why create very few jobs with the dirtiest of energy from tar sands when you can create tens of thousands more clean jobs using wind and solar? Our Republican colleagues are doing what they always do: they’re appeasing a few special interests — in this case oil companies and pipeline companies and not really doing what’s good for the average middle class family in terms of creating jobs.”

Senate Republicans won’t get anywhere near the 67 votes that they will need to override a presidential veto of the bill to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama made it clear that he was leaning towards vetoing the bill during his final press conference of 2014.

3 thoughts on “Schumer: Enough votes to uphold KXL veto

  1. Hillary is really going to be pissed off if Obama vetoes the Keystone pipeline. She made a lot of promises to all the wrong people about her ability to get the pipeline built when she was the Secretary of State. So it won’t only be the Republicans flailing on the backs like an upside down bug when this pipeline goes up in flames. No pun intended.

  2. OK, so he’s still severely in the pocket of Wall St. and Israel, but BHO looks like he might get a few good things done as he doesn’t let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

  3. Let’s see it will take just 13 Democratic Senators in the pockets of the old energy interests to override. I say Schumer’s blowing smoke.

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