The Fun in the Senate…to be continued
Posted November 19, 2014on:
Ladies and gents, the fun is just beginning and the new Congress hasn’t even been sworn in yet. Yesterday we saw a vote fail on the Keystone XL Pipeline. It was one vote shy of the required 60 and even that would not have been enough to override a Presidential veto. I heard talk that Landrieu may try to get one more vote on it. She’s not in a position to do a lot of arm-twisting because the odds are against her getting reelected. That’s a shame because she has been a good Senator for Louisiana. She was able to get billions in assistance for the state and SE La when the Federal levees failed and was even helpful in getting some of the FEMA loans to local governments forgiven. Well that’s neither here nor there. When I receive my absentee ballot I will vote for Landrieu and hope for the best.
But on to the fun in the title. From an article in Tiger Beat On the Potomac I read that the Dems are going to be ready to fight and stand on the issues they hold dearly, like climate change.
Liberal Senate Democrats united to block the controversial project, even though their imperiled Democratic colleague Mary Landrieu of Louisiana begged them not to at a Democratic Caucus lunch on Tuesday afternoon.It was a remarkable move for a group that has stood behind Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the years, as he sought to protect vulnerable moderates, like Landrieu and some of her now-ousted colleagues, from taking tough votes on divisive environmental, health care and social issues.
“They actually want to tear down environmental protection and regulation in every public comment that I’ve heard a Republican make. Clearly, there’s a challenge coming. And we have to be prepared to meet that challenge,” Whitehouse said. “With respect to climate, you can’t just go back and fix it and make it right with whoever was hurt by some stupid policy.”
And speaking of the pipeline and the oil from the Canadian tar pits, do the environmental Democrats
think that if they block the pipeline going to Texas that this will stop the use and refining of tar sands oils? It won’t. Either TransCanada will ship by rail to the refineries in the Gulf or they will use existing rail lines in Canada and ship to that country’s East Coast.
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