Yep: Sen. Udall would vote no on Keystone XL (if Reid even allows a vote)

posted at 5:41 pm on May 6, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Over the past week, Sens. Mary Landrieu and John Hoeven have been trying to whip up the requisite 60 votes they would need to pass their legislation to immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. They already had all of the Senate’s Republicans and eleven Democrats on board, as well as a tentative semi-agreement with the Senate majority leader to allow a standalone vote on the measure — but now Harry Reid is all mad about Republicans offering other amendments and threatening to pull the whole deal, via The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday rebuffed Republican demands for votes on amendments to an energy efficiency bill, possibly dooming consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Reid said he would not allow votes on any GOP-sponsored amendments later this week when the Senate considers the energy bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio.).

Reid’s decision likely scuttles a vote that was expected on the Keystone XL pipeline unless Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) capitulates on his demand for votes on GOP sponsored amendments.

Reid had earlier said he would allow a vote on stand-alone legislation to authorize the pipeline in exchange for an agreement from Republicans to allow an up-or-down final vote on Shaheen-Portman. …

“If they want to vote on Keystone, they can have a vote on Keystone, but enough is enough,” he told reporters.

Or, to put it more eloquently:

…Anyway. As Allahpundit noted yesterday, it doesn’t look like Landrieu and Hoeven will be able to pull enough of the necessary Democrats over to their side anyway to clear the 60-vote threshold — but it’s worth noting in particular that, if the vote does proceed, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall apparently will not be joining the ranks of the vulnerable Democrats trying to prove their disloyalty to President Obama and enable the infrastructure buildup that we need to fully support our ongoing oil-and-gas boom. Via Fox31 (h/t to the WFB):

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is likely to vote against a possible amendment in the Senate this week that seeks to force the construction of the controversial KeystoneXL pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Sen. Udall has been eminently clear that Congress should not inject politics into the administration’s ongoing review process,” said Mike Saccone, Udall’s spokesman. “That’s why he voted against Democratic and Republican amendments that attempted to dictate a result on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“Any votes this week on the pipeline wouldn’t be any different.”

That’s been Udall’s story throughout this saga, and he’s evidently decided that he’s stickin’ to it for the duration. His argument for voting “no” isn’t supposed to come off as an outright rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, but rather an echo of the Obama administration’s (faux) position that we need to fully thresh out all of the pros and cons with endless impact reports and ulterior considerations and blah blah blah (as if we haven’t done so several times over), and that Congress should not interfere with the normal international review process under the executive’s jurisdiction. Just like with the administration, it protects him from the full wrath of both the [majority] pro-energy crowd and the [minority] well-monied, climate-hopenchange crowd — convenient, eh?


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Bishop?

widget on May 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

to you libs in Nevada and Colorado: thanks for nothing.

warmairfan on May 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

“Whoomp, there it is?”

Seriously?

That’s lame.

Bigbullets on May 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Sometimes, working with Senate Republicans feels a lot like chasing a greased pig. As we get close to making progress, they scamper away.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) May 6, 2014

Breaking News: Senator Harry Reid (D) has frolicked with Greased Pigs in the past. Knows what it feels like.

portlandon on May 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

So, the Republicans need a campaign thing. “If you really want CHANGE in Washington, vote Repubican? If you want a vote on the Keystone Pipeline, vote Republican. If you want a real investigation of the IRS, vote Republican. If you want to make a real difference in health care, vote Republican. If you want the President to adhere to the constitution, vote Republican. If you want your representative to actually represent you, vote Republican.

bflat879 on May 6, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Can you imagine if these jag offs had been in charge during WW II? we’d have spent 5 years determining whether to build a new bomber and whether it should be solar or wind powered.

don’t even mention that they’d think about building a nuclear weapon.

we’d be serfs speaking german or japanese. Nothing like the freedom we enjoy now to build infrastructure and the economy.

acyl72 on May 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Sometimes, working with Senate Republicans feels a lot like chasing a greased pig. As we get close to making progress, they scamper away.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) May 6, 2014

Harry Reid is pig dung.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Breaking News: Senator Harry Reid (D) has frolicked with Greased Pigs in the past. Knows what it feels like.

portlandon on May 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

So are there rumors of Harry Reid’s bestia1ity too?

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I guess Udall is too stoned to care……

Get’s mighty cold in Colorado, Senator….

Texas will supply you natural gas at double the rate….

What a jackass….

redguy on May 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Udall’s my Senator, can’t wait to vote for Cory Gardner.

lea on May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Can you imagine if these jag offs had been in charge during WW II? we’d have spent 5 years determining whether to build a new bomber and whether it should be solar or wind powered.

don’t even mention that they’d think about building a nuclear weapon.

we’d be serfs speaking german or japanese. Nothing like the freedom we enjoy now to build infrastructure and the economy.

acyl72 on May 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Well at the rate we are going – we will probably be speaking Chinese or Russian in 50 years…..

redguy on May 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Voting in Ohio today was a complete waste of time. None of the Republicans had any competition. I didn’t even know Jordan was running again. There was no way to find out who was running ahead of time. Used to be you could go to the League of Women Voters for this stuff before they turned socialist.

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Haven’t seen O’s latest Global Warmist shenanigans, yet, but this runs part and partial to The Plan. Kill coal, kill the pipeline, kill ‘fracking’, kill hydrocarbons in every way possible. Then, when all the lights go out, blame Bush and the Koch bro’s and mandate a windmill in every garage and kofu in every pot.

vnvet on May 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I live in a solid blue Congressional district where the current criminal announced his retirement from Congress. The feeding frenzy among Dems has been ugly. But today was remarkable. I got campaign literature in the mail from a “progressive” who said (and I quote), he wants to hold the Democrats voting like Republicans accountable and push back on the Tea Party.

um…….. Can anybody name a Democrat voting like a Republican?

BTW, the front of this mailing shows a donkey with a paper bag over its head and the caption- Too many Democrats hide from tough fights.

Are these critters really that desperate that this loon is in contention for getting a seat in Congress?

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Is bad behavior necessary for membership in the Democrat party?

crankyoldlady on May 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

“Sen. Udall has been eminently clear that Congress should not inject politics into the administration’s ongoing review process,” said Mike Saccone, Udall’s spokesman. “That’s why he voted against Democratic and Republican amendments that attempted to dictate a result on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But of course, The One’s cozying up to the deep-eco left, especially the ones like Steyer with millions to hand over in donations, isn’t political. That’s “principle”.

The “principle” being, “let the peons freeze in the dark“. And “we want everyone on public transportation, so starving the country of POL is a good thing“.

With a side order of “And Red China is our friend, so if we let them have the gas & oil from Canada maybe they’ll be nicer to us“.

At what point do people just admit that progressives like Udall, and The One, have a hatred of our society, culture, and civilization that borders on psychopathy? At the very least their behavior is sociopathic, as defined in the headline thread earlier today.

Such behavior should be considered grounds for removal from office for reason of diminished capacity. You wouldn’t let someone in such a delusional and potentially dangerous state run a major civil institution, like a hospital or a university.

They shouldn’t be making decisions for the entire country, either.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“Sen. Udall has been eminently clear that Congress should not inject politics into the administration’s ongoing review process,”

How does Udall breathe? Seeing as he has his head stuck so far up his ass?

GarandFan on May 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

um…….. Can anybody name a Democrat voting like a Republican?

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Rubio? McCain?

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Udall’s my Senator, can’t wait to vote for Cory Gardner.

lea on May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Same here.

sohumm on May 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“Sen. Udall would vote no on Keystone XL (if Reid even allows a vote)”

..BUT- the low-info morons that vote for d-cRATs will NEVER KNOW what he does – and don’t care!

MicahStone on May 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Once, the United States Senate was the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” a noble institution where every Senator was guaranteed a say, where all could participate in the crafting of legislation. Now it is a petty dictatorship run by a corrupt weasel who determines for the other 99 just how much participation he’s going to allow. And if you have the temerity to suggest that something proceed in a way different from his, you are cast into the outer darkness.

I’ve got to wonder what people like Landrieu and Begich–who were counting on this vote to give them a boost in the midterms–think of their leader now. Somehow I doubt that “those nasty Republicans wanted to offer amendments, and I went along with Dingy Harry killing it altogether rather than allowing them to so much as propose any” will fly with their constituents.

Athanasius on May 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

You don’t usually think of it, but Colorado is a big oil producing state. There are 43,383 actively producing oil & gas wells and 2,060 “shut in” wells (This is done for maintenance or repairs, or to limit gas supplies to prop up gas prices). Most of the wells are in the NE corner and along the Western boundary of the state. Given these over 45K wells I wonder how this will play at home for Udall?

You can see the well locations here; http://blog.skytruth.org/2012/07/colorado-operational-oil-and-gas-wells.html

NM Oso on May 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Rumor has it Dingy Harry only greases his sheep.

viking01 on May 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

um…….. Can anybody name a Democrat voting like a Republican?

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Rubio? McCain?

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Ha! Ha!…..

But seriously, anybody else notice that “President Heller” on 24 last night was essentially John McCain as President?

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Rumor has it Dingy Harry only greases his sheep.

viking01 on May 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Hey! That’s not fair.

Harry Reid only greases certain parts of his sheep.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Udall really should wait for Warren Buffett’s permission before commenting…

viking01 on May 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Voting for Gardner myself, so it makes no difference to me what Udall claims at this point. I prefer that he states the truth of his purpose, since it is asinine and hurts his cause.

Udall is just another Dem who lives in the fairytale land of theory and good vibes. He’s going to get a serious reality-check in November.

“Laserlike focus on the economy.” Right. When does it start?

Psycroptic on May 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Sometimes, working with Senate Republicans feels a lot like chasing a greased pig. As we get close to making progress, they scamper away.

Harry fantasizing again. They don’t call him “Dirty Harry” for nuttin’.

What a toad.

Chuck Ef on May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

But seriously, anybody else notice that “President Heller” on 24 last night was essentially John McCain as President?

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

-
Sorry to disappoint… I thought he is a bit more like Pres. Reagan.
If Jack Bauer likes him….! Great casting however. (I like Steven Fry as the Prime Minister)
-
Re. Udall – Party first, people second.

diogenes on May 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Sorry to disappoint… I thought he is a bit more like Pres. Reagan.
If Jack Bauer likes him….!

diogenes on May 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

If Jack Bauer likes him, it is better for him than if Bauer does not. ;0

I think last night’s launch promises a good run even if it is only 12 hours. Jack’s not having a good day. And Chloe is as bitchy as ever.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Dirty harry must have had a call from the mob in the white house…

woody66 on May 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Strategic Air Command is on TMC…talk about airplane porn.

Good times, good times. (Sigh)

Typicalwhitewoman on May 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Sometimes, working with Senate Republicans feels a lot like chasing a greased pig. As we get close to making progress, they scamper away.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) May 6, 2014

…Harry Reid practices bestiality with greased pigs!…I heard it!…it must be true!

KOOLAID2 on May 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You frigging idiots in DC need to all be jailed. You are denying Americans access to oil from our good allies, the Canadians, choosing to keep paying billions to Saudis who hate us and want us dead. Another reason these liberals won’t pass it is because their giant donor Warren Buffet own the railroads in Canada, and he will lose billions if they run this pipeline to Texas. Buffet gets paid millions per day to ship the oil on his railroad. You see folks, it’s not about their oaths, or what’s good for Americans. It’s about money and power.

F_This on May 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Breaking News: Senator Harry Reid (D) has frolicked with Greased Pigs in the past. Knows what it feels like.

“In other news, a group of greased pigs from Nevada came forward to express their shame at being associated with Senator Harry Reid.
“We feel so…well, so dirty, and low class, to have found ourselves embraced by such a lowlife as Mr Reid. Especially since we only did it after he made some vague promises about ‘pork barrel projects’ for our relatives—we thought it was some sort of housing thing he was gong to build!”

“Anyhow, what can we say? We’re shamed.”

orangemtl on May 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

My first thought was that the Republicans were tacking on ammendments to the Keystone bill they hnew Reid wouldn’t accept, effectively sabotageing the bill as a takeaway from Landrieu et al. Is that giving the R’s too much credit?

jadedad on May 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Canada – It is is time to build the pipeline for China. Screw the U. S. of A.

Nat George on May 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Colorado is full of nutjobs. Udall is just one more.

earlgrey on May 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

To use theft of a commie Democrat Party line:

Think Progress:

The swiftboat vets took down Kerry far enough to get little boy Bush in rather than the full treason kommie kook kerry.

Now the http://www.wattsupwiththat.com/ wrecking crew has Obama and his tax and spend EPA, Mike Mann fraud on the ropes of truth.

Belive in yourselves, fight on.

Truth is life.

Lies kill.

Seek life.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Udall, U dall, u a dall, u doll, U dal l , UDAll, (UD all)

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

One of the most dismally political reasons Obama and the enviro-tards don’t want to see Keystone built is that our refineries in Texas were built for heavy sour crude- exactly the stuff Venezuela produces and ships up here.

It would be such a pity if Canadian feedstock met the US refineries capacity, wouldn’t it?

Leaving Nicolas Maduro,(bumbling Marxist and inadequate Chavez clone) uh- out in the cold?

Dolce Far Niente on May 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Mary Landrieu voted for Obamacare with no way to pay for it. She needs the pipeline and the tax revenue to cover it, so now she’s hustling. This little coon ass ain’t falling for it, though.

hurricane567 on May 7, 2014 at 4:40 AM

This A-Hole has to go…

Kuffar on May 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

You want to build a pipeline?

Hang on we need YEARS and years and YEARS of study to figure out if we can possibly do this.

Oh, you just want to take over control of 20% of the economy and the health insurance and health care industry from the top down? That only takes 9 months to get sorted and approved… that’s EASY.

But a pipeline is hard… we’ve only got millions of miles of pipeline as a reference.

gekkobear on May 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Simple question if you agree the globe is warming and mankind is to blame and we must DO SOMETHING.

First, what does your “solution” do for electricity, and transportation, and energy, and food costs? More simply, how many poor people must die for your solution?

Second, what percentage of the CO2 output do you remove?

How many millions of people need to die for you to fix 1% of the problem and still have “catastrophic warming”?

How many tens of millions need to die for you to get to 5%?

Assuming a non-linear progression (as the easiest fixes would be done first and the cost would go up_ how many hundreds of millions of people need to die for you to fix enough of this problem to actually stop warming (generally agreed 95%+ reduction in CO2 output)?

Would a billion people be enough, or do you need to kill off more than that? When your “solution” to “save the globe and humanity” requires killing off 1/6th of the world’s population to starvation… perhaps you could rethink being the largest murderous lunatic on the face of the planet.

gekkobear on May 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM