In a desperate attempt to save her campaign, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, did what seemed impossible: she convinced outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the bill to approve the Keystone Pipeline. The reason? Landrieu is facing an uphill battle to hold her Senate seat in a Dec. 6th runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy. She needed evidence to prove she can actually get things done for Louisiana -- and she needed it fast.
As it turns out, even trying to salvage their last chance at holding a Senate seat wasn't enough to make Senate Democrats do the right thing. The Keystone bill failed by a single vote, 59-41 -- and with it, Mary Landrieu's hopes of returning to the Senate in January.
Even though the Keystone Pipeline is estimated to add 42,000 jobs during the construction period*, and would greatly reduce our dependence on oil from the unstable Middle East, Senate Democrats said no.
* Projections at www.gop.gov/5-things-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-will-do-to-build-our-economy