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House Lawmakers Pass Keystone XL Bill
With Splintered Support by Labor Groups

Nov. 14, 2014, 5:00 AM

House lawmakers passed legislation (H.R. 5682) Nov. 14 to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, advancing a key piece of the Republicans’ jobs agenda that has sharply divided labor groups.

“The bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives approving the Keystone XL Pipeline represents the kind of bold, decisive action that voters demanded in last week’s elections,” Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborers’ International Union of North America, said in a statement following the 252-161 vote. “The House vote is a call to end the politically-motivated delays that have kept family-supporting careers locked out of reach for...

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