White House Calls Keystone Bill A Bid To Skirt Obama

Law360, New York (May 21, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT) -- The White House on Tuesday came out strongly against a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would speed up government approval of TransCanada Corp.'s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, insisting that President Barack Obama must have final say on whether or not the project goes ahead.

The House could vote as soon as Wednesday on the Northern Route Approval Act, which would allow the pipeline to proceed without executive approval. The White House said the bill usurps presidential authority by prematurely green-lighting a project that could be...
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