S.2280: A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about energy
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Sponsor John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Total Cosponsors 55 (11 Democrats, 44 Republicans)
Introduced May 1, 2014
Latest Major Action Nov. 18, 2014
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Rank Week Ending
2nd Nov. 23, 2014

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Bill Summary

Authorizes TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities specified in an application filed by TransCanada Corporation to the Department of State on May 4, 2012.

Deems the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement regarding the pipeline issued by the Secretary of State in January 2014 to fully satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and any law that requires federal agency consultation or review, including the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Declares any applicable federal permit or authorization issued before enactment of this Act to remain in effect.

Restricts any legal challenges regarding a federal agency action and such facilities to judicial review on direct appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Declares that this Act does not alter any federal, state, or local process or condition in effect on the date of enactme...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 18, 2014

Under the order of 11/12/14, not having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, failed of passage in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 59 - 41. Record Vote Number: 280.

Nov. 18, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6029-6053, S6053-6073)
May 5, 2014 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 371.
May 1, 2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.