President Obama took a little time off from campaigning to personally lobby Senate Democrats to vote against the Keystone XL pipeline amendment to the transportation bill. This is the same guy who tells us jobs for Americans is his number one priority, yet he went out of his way to see to it that tens of thousands of jobs don’t get created. Well, his efforts paid off, at least for him. Today the amendment was voted down in the Senate. The Hill has the details:
The 56-42 vote staves off an election-year rebuke of Obama, but will give political ammunition to backers of TransCanada Corp.’s plan to build a pipeline connecting Alberta’s massive tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.
Despite Obama’s efforts, 11 Democrats brushed off Obama on the vote and sided with Republicans.
The 11 Democratic defections were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bob Casey (Pa.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Jim Webb (Va.). (Read More)
No Republicans voted against the bill, but they needed 60 votes to get it passed.
Remember when Obama blamed the failure of the Keystone pipeline on the Republicans. Do you still believe him?
Here’s press secretary Jay Carney explaining that the legislation to create jobs was just a “sham,” after just a few weeks ago claiming the president didn’t turn the project down.
This is why we need a new president, and to turn control over the Senate back to Republicans.