Hydraulic fracturing banned in New York.Click here to read the brief
The plan by incoming majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to approve the Keystone XL pipeline first in the Republican-led Senate in January sets up a likely veto fight with President Barack Obama.
Obama should be able to win that fight, if Senate Democrats who have voted against the project as recently as last month don't switch. Yet failure in its initial salvo would not mark the end of GOP attempts to approve the $8 billion project, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
In fact, January's gambit is shaping up to be just the first round of an ongoing battle.
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