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McConnell Puts Keystone First on the Agenda (Video)

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The incoming Senate majority leader is putting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project first on his 2015 agenda.  

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday told reporters that in looking ahead to the new year, a bill sponsored by Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota would lead off the floor schedule. "We'll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support," McConnell said of the pipeline legislation. "It will be open for amendment. We'll hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments, but there will be no effort to try to ... micromanage the amendment process."  

The Senate voted after the November election on the Keystone measure, with the bill falling a vote short of 60 when brought forward by outgoing Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. Landrieu subsequently lost her re-election bid in Louisiana's December runoff to Rep. Bill Cassidy.  

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