Breakdown of PA Delegation Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline
Despite President Barack Obama’s threat to veto, the Senate passed a bill Thursday approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Senate approved the bill with 62 voting in favor of and 36 voting against the measure, which approves the 1,179 mile pipeline stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the bill. The Senate bill will be sent back to the House of Representatives for voting.
The House passed a similar measure earlier this month, with 266 voting in favor and 153 voting against. House leaders will decide whether to merge the two versions into a new bill or simply pass the Senate version without changes.
Here’s a breakdown of how the Pennsylvania delegation voted in both chambers:
In the Senate, both Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey voted in favor of the bill.
All thirteen Republicans from the Pennsylvania House delegation supported the pipeline. And two Democrats, Reps. Robert Brady and Mike Doyle, joined the 28 Democrats that crossed the aisle to enable the bill’s passage.
Three Democrats in the House voted against the measure: Reps. Chaka Fattah, Matthew Cartwright and newly elected Brendan Boyle.