Keystone pipeline bill clears Congress
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.
The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate that stated climate change was real and not a hoax, and that oil sands should no longer be exempt from a tax used to clean up oil spills.
Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation voted in favor of the bill and urged the president to sign it. Obama has said he opposes the bill because it would circumvent his administration's review of the $8 billion pipeline.