Tuesday afternoon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted largely along party lines to advance a bill on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The legislation would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 30 days to approve the pipeline. The action would take the decision out of the hands of the White House. President Obama denied a permit for the project earlier this year.
The legislation was expected to be folded into the Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act when it comes to the House floor for a vote this month.