Republicans Expected to Link Keystone Pipeline to Other Legislation


Earlier this month, President Barack Obama denied an application from TransCanada to build a Canada-to-Texas $7 billion pipeline, citing an inappropriate amount of time to review its environmental impacts.

But Republican congressional leaders said this morning that they'll still find a way to force the so-called Keystone XL pipeline through, even if they have to attach it to other legislation. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he may attach the XL to an energy and highway bill or even a pending deal to extend payroll tax cuts for workers, which already has bipartisan support.

Boehner's first choice would be to attach the XL to a plan that would open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, which has inadequate support in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.

Opposition to Keystone insists the project contributes to higher greenhouse gas emissions. Supporters insist the project creates thousands of jobs.