With Republicans in control of the House and Senate, Keystone XL will now have a presidential veto.
The pipeline will connect Canada’s tar sands oil sands to the US Gulf Coast.
But the Keystone XL has become the most contentious issue in the Keystone fight, with the Obama administration insisting on more stringent environmental safeguards.
But with a majority of Republicans in Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Ryan says the pipeline is too dangerous.
Here’s a look at which Republicans are likely to support the pipeline.
MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinKeystone XL pipeline could boost US oil exports in ’30 years’ despite environmental concerns GOP lawmaker: Obama could still veto pipeline if it goes ahead without safeguardsGOP senator says ‘the president needs to be held accountable’ for Keystone XL billHouse GOP votes to advance Trump administration’s Keystone pipeline legislation as part of GOP tax overhaul plan MORE (D-W.
Va.) were the top-ranking Republicans in the Senate to oppose Keystone XL last year.
But Trump has backed the pipeline since taking office.
Since then, he’s signed a bill that gives the administration a 60-day waiver to build the pipeline, and the administration has said it will build the project if Congress passes legislation.
Republican leaders have also called for additional studies on the pipeline and are working to secure additional funds to build a permanent alternative to Keystone XL.
Ryan said last week that he supports the Keystone pipeline, but he said he’s not a fan of President Trump’s “pinko-calculus” approach to politics.
“I do think the president has a responsibility to try to understand the science, and he can do that with regard to climate change,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s comments echo those made by Republican Rep. Tom Cole Thomas (Tom) William ColeCongressman: Obama administration can’t be trusted to regulate carbon emissionsHouse Republicans to vote on tax bill in a week MORE (Okla.), who in June said Trump has “an enormous responsibility” to lead the country forward.
The president has said that he’s open to considering Keystone XL if he receives funding to build it.
But he’s also said he won’t sign a bill authorizing construction of the pipeline without a presidential waiver.
Ryan and Manchin have also opposed building Keystone XL because they think it would undermine the nation’s economy.
Ryan has said Keystone XL should be built “with an eye toward a sustainable future.”
And Manchin said he opposes the pipeline because it would bring “dangerous energy to our shores.”
Both of these members have called for a permanent pipeline alternative.