- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Members of Congress from the Dakotas say President Barack Obama has lost a reason to veto a measure authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline after Nebraska’s Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed pipeline route.

The decision upholds a 2012 law that allowed the governor to empower Canada-based TransCanada to force eastern Nebraska landowners to sell property for the project.

The White House has said Obama awaited a State Department review and the Nebraska ruling before making decisions on the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, both Republicans, say the decision leaves Obama out of excuses. North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, says she’s pleased a barrier to the pipeline is gone.

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