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White House Promises to Veto GOP’s Keystone Legislation

The new GOP-led Congress is moving quickly to put a bill expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline on President Barack Obama’s desk, despite a new veto threat from the White House, reports Roll Call .  

White House press secretary Josh Earnest, in his daily briefing Tuesday, said the president has no plans to sign the legislation.  

“I can confirm for you that if this bill passes this Congress then the president wouldn’t sign it,” he said.  

“The pipeline route has not even been finalized yet,” he said in reference to a Nebraska court case.  

His comments came after new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved earlier Tuesday — the first day of the new 114th Congress — to expedite the pro-pipeline legislation.

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