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Thune blames Senate Democratic leadership for Keystone XL Pipeline delay

U.S. Senator John Thune from South Dakota blames democratic leadership in the Senate as one of the reasons the Keystone XL Pipeline has not moved forward.

After 5 1/2 years of delay, and 5 environmental studies, showing it would have no significant harm on the environment, Thune says the Keystone XL Pipeline is one of the issues the Senate needs to address.

But the Republican says every time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brings a bill to the floor, he blocks any other amendments from being offered.

There has only been 9 republican amendments voted on in the senate over the last year.

“For all intents and purposes, Harry Reid has shut the floor of the United States Senate down when it comes to substantiate debate and legislating, and it's become much more of an arena now for political messaging,” said Thune.

Thune says he is trying to force a decision on the pipeline in the U.S. Senate, but the issue remains up in the air.

Democrat Senator Tim Johnson said the recent decision by the Nebraska court on the pipeline's route has created significant uncertainty.

"I support allowing the Administration review process to determine whether construction of the Keystone pipeline is in the national interest," Johnson said.

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