Sen. Mary Landrieu says she has enough votes to pass Keystone XL

Zack Colman
The Washington Examiner

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., told reporters that she has enough votes to pass a bill to build the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which comes up for a vote Tuesday.

Asked whether the vote count was still at 59 — one shy of the 60 needed to blow up a filibuster — Landrieu said, “It’s not.”

“I feel very comfortable,” Landrieu said in the Capitol, with a smile. “It may be more [than 60].”

There’s few senators still in play for the bill from Landrieu and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., which comes on the heels of the House last week passing identical legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Landrieu’s Dec. 6 runoff opponent.

It’s a bill that’s rife with electoral politics. Landrieu has portrayed herself as a dealmaker in the upper chamber while national Republican organizations have said she’s ineffective, in part because a May attempt to bring up the same legislation failed…



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