Senate Democrats consider Keystone pipeline vote next week

|By:, SA News Editor

A U.S. Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP) as soon as next week reportedly is under discussion by top Democrats, who are weighing the political implications of holding a vote on approval of the controversial pipeline in defiance of Pres. Obama.

A vote on Keystone may offer a strong boost to red-state Democrats in tough races this fall, allowing them to be seen as defying the White House in support of a project viewed favorably back home.

An aide to Louisiana Sen. Landrieu, the new Senate Energy Committee chair who has frequently criticized Obama for delaying a decision on Keystone, says she will push for a binding vote to approve the project.