Pipeline bill falls in Senate

  • Senate legislation approving construction of Keystone pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast fails to pass. 
  • Bill had been promoted by Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, who is seeking re-election in a run off vote against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy next month. 
  • White House widely expected to veto any legislation approving the pipeline, although it has not said so publicly. 
  • Bill needed 60 votes to pass but fell short as 59 voted yes and 41 voted no; issue likely to come up again when new Republican controlled Senate begins sitting in the new year.