According to Reuters, the US Senate on Tuesday (November 18) narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting a measure the House of Representatives approved last week.
The vote count was 59-41 in favor, but 60 "ayes" would have been needed to assure passage.
Fourteen Democrats voted for the bill, joining all 45 Republicans who voted to support the pipeline.
COMMENT: Once the Republicans fully take over control of both the House and Senate next year, overriding President Obama should become moot.
Without Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) the Congress should be much more successful in the future than in the past.
TransCanada Corp's $8 billion pipeline would help transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, but is opposed by environmentalists.
Had the bill passed, it would very likely have been vetoed by President Barack Obama.