May 5, 2014 - Breaking: North Dakota Senator Introduces Bill to Approve KXL Pipeline
On May 1st, 2014 a bipartisan bill, S.2280, was introduced by North Dakota state Senator John Hoeven [R-ND] to approve the construction of the KXL pipeline. If approved S. 2280 would circumvent President Obama by issuing a permit to allow the construction of the KXL pipeline.
According to Hoeven all 45 Senate Republicans and 11 Democrats currently support S. 2280. S. 2280 follows in the wake of last years non-binding Senate resolution to approve the construction on the KXL pipeline.
In addition to Sen Hoeven other members of the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs signed on as co-sponsors of the bill including; Barrasso, John [R-WY], Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND], McCain, John [R-AZ], Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK], Crapo, Michael [R-ID], Fischer, Deb [R-NE], Begich, Mark [D-AK], Tester, Jon [D-MT].
It is insulting that 9 out of the 14 U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs members are co-sponsoring the bill given the high level of opposition the KXL pipeline has throughout Indian country as recently shown in the massive Cowboy and Indian Alliance week long demonstrations in D.C. the previous week.
Follow the bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2280