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By Roberta Rampton
WASHINGTON Jan 18 Republicans in the U.S.
House of Representatives said on Wednesday they plan to
introduce a bill to advance TransCanada's Keystone XL
oil pipeline to try to override President Barack Obama's
rejection of the $7 billion project.
House Speaker John Boehner told reporters "all options are
on the table" to craft a bill to fight for the pipeline, which
Republicans say would create thousands of jobs and bolster the
economic recovery. "There are legislative vehicles that will be
moving in the weeks and months ahead," Boehner said.
House Republicans have not yet decided what kind of
legislation they will push, said Lee Terry, a Republican from
Nebraska who supports the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.
In November, Terry crafted a bill that would give the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the authority to approve
Keystone XL, an option that he said will be a "focal point" for
House Republicans likely will make up their minds on a
strategy after a House Energy and Commerce hearing slated for
next Wednesday, where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has
been invited to testify about Keystone, Terry said.
Senate Republicans have also promised to try to pass
legislation to push forward the project, an effort that may run
into legal battles but promises to keep the Keystone battle
alive as a political issue during the 2012 election campaign.
"I have drafted legislation that I believe is an effective
option and we are already working on that and other options with
leadership and fellow senators," said Senator John Hoeven of
North Dakota in a statement.
Some Democrats support the project because of the jobs it
would create. But others have vowed to try to block any
Congressional effort for a quick revival because of concerns
about the impact of the project on the environment.
"I will fight to ensure Congress does not overturn the
decision," said Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an
independent who caucuses with the Democrats.
(Additional reporting by Richard Cowan and Timothy Gardner;
Editing by Paul Simao)