The term ‘every vote counts’ is unfortunately taken for granted by many. However, it’s a wake-up call to them when a bill does come down to the final vote. Well that’s because the Senate vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline this Tuesday is reportedly expected to come one vote short of passing.
Fifty-seven Senators are expected to support the vote on the pipeline. However, with a couple more Democrat Senators showing their support in the past week, it brings that number to 59: one short of a filibuster-proof passage that would go to President Obama’s desk.
So the stakes are high, and every vote counts. Of course, there could be at least 1 or 2 senators that could change their mind. Although Obama has authorization to veto the bill if it were to pass, the passage would still put additional pressure on him to sign the bill from both Democrats and Republicans.
Now with the bill easily passing the House earlier today, including the support of 31 Democrats, it’s now the Senate’s turn to decide if they want to get down to business and support job creation or continue caving in to radical environmentalists. Even if the bill does not pass on Tuesday, Republicans are planning to put the bill up for a vote again in January, after the inauguration of the new GOP-majority Congress.
There are thousands of new jobs that would be created with the pipeline, yet environmentalists keep spewing lies that fracking and oil drilling would continue harming the environment. Well I’ll say what’s actually harmful: A lack of job creation due to the endless, draconian regulations strangling the private sector. Americans want jobs and energy independence for a change, and if we continue pushing this issue, I have optimism that the Keystone XL Pipeline will be built once and for all.