…unless someone flip flops.
Via the Washington Examiner:
Retiring [mc_name name=’Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000261′ ] will vote against the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, the Michigan Democrat told reporters Monday, leaving Senate backers still a vote shy of passing a bill to green-light the Canada-to-Texas project.
“I’m voting against the pipeline because it bypasses the environmental impact statement, which should not be bypassed,” Levin said, ending speculation that he might give it the thumbs-up when the Senate decides whether to move to a vote Tuesday.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000550′ ], whose reelection bid is increasingly a long shot, was relying upon Senate approval of the Keystone pipeline to help her pull
vote fraud a rabbit out of a hat in December’s runoff.
The new Senate will revisit this issue and will probably be able to swing the 60 votes necessary. That Carl Levin, who is retiring, wouldn’t make a meaningless vote, as Obama has pledged to veto the Keystone approval because it creates too many jobs and reduces government dependency, to try to save [mc_name name=’Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000550′ ] shows how little her reelection means to her colleagues.