- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2015

The Keystone XL pipeline bill moved a step closer to passage in Congress Monday after the Senate defeated a Democratic-led filibuster.

The 63-32 vote saw 10 Democrats and one independent break with their caucus and vote with the GOP in favor of bringing the bill to the floor.

Republican leaders have promised an open amendment process on the floor, which means both sides will have a chance to offer amendments that could test the coalition backing the project.

And the 63 votes, while enough to break a filibuster, isn’t enough to overcome the veto that President Obama has promised for when the bill finally reaches his desk.

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