McConnell: Keystone will be GOP Senate's first move

December 16, 2014 8:04 PM

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The new Republican Senate will take up the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline as its first order of business, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican also said he plans to allow open amendment debate on the pro-Keystone legislation from Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.). That move could shake up the chamber’s seemingly calcified pipeline politics as senators vie to use the bill as a vehicle for other hot-button energy issues.

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