Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances were dealt a crushing blow Wednesday when her hand-picked Democrat leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move to block a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only did she once again come up empty on Keystone, Landrieu voted against an amendment that would have brought the pipeline up for a vote.
“Mary Landrieu’s latest, stunning Keystone failure should prove to Louisianans that Landrieu can’t be counted on when it matters. Again and again she has shown an complete inability to deliver for Louisiana as energy chair. She is now out of excuses. Mary Landrieu isn’t the solution to our Keystone problem. Mary Landrieu is the problem.” -- Ben Voelkel, RNC Spokesman
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, With The Support Of Nearly All Senate Democrats, Used A Procedural Maneuver To Block A Vote On Keystone Pipeline. “Senate Democrats defeated Republican attempts to bring up amendments to an energy efficiency bill on Wednesday. Republicans filed a motion to table Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) amendments he used to ‘fill the tree’ but it failed on a 45-52 vote.” (Ramsey Cox, “Senate Dems Block GOP Attempt To Amend Energy Bill,” The Hill, 5/7/14)
- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Was One Of The Democrats Who Sided With Reid, Killing A Vote On The Keystone XL Pipeline. (S. 2262, Roll Call Vote #132, Defeated 45-52: R 44-0; D 1-52, 5/7/14, Landrieu Voted Nay)
Democratic Leader Blocks Senate Vote on Keystone
May 7, 2014
Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project.
Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline as well as a measure to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.
The proposed Canada-U.S. pipeline would cross Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Obama administration announced last month it was delaying a decision on the pipeline's fate indefinitely. Reid has offered supporters a vote on a stand-alone bill that deals with only the pipeline.
All 45 Senate Republicans and as many as a dozen Democrats support the project. Environmental groups oppose it.