U.S. Senate approves Keystone XL pipeline construction

The U.S. Senate voted 62-36 on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction and strip President Barack Obama of decision-making authority over the controversial Canadian pipeline.

Mr. Obama has vowed to veto the congressional effort to seize control of the process.

The 54 Republican and nine Democratic senators who back Keystone fall short of the 67 – a two-thirds majority in the 100-seat Senate – needed to override a presidential veto.

Undeterred, Keystone XL backers have vowed – if Mr. Obama vetoes their first effort – to attach another version of the bill to some “must-pass” legislation in the coming weeks, setting up yet another confrontation.