Senate Democrats block Republicans on Keystone

Republicans are getting a taste of their own medicine. When the Democrats had the majority in the Senate, Republicans decided that EVERYTHING, no matter how mundane, would require 60 votes to pass.

Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Republicans to end debate on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for GOP leaders who must rely on a handful of Democrats who have supported the project in the past in order to get approval of their top legislative priority of the new Congress.

60 votes were needed on a pair of procedural motions to end Democratic filibusters, but each failed on a 53-39 tally.

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