SHOWDOWN

House Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

The House of Representatives approved legislation for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Wednesday despite President Barack Obama’s threat to veto the measure. The Republican-controlled House passed the bill, endorsing the Senate’s version in a 270-152 vote, and will now send it to Obama, who has said he planned to use his veto pen. The Senate and House would need two-thirds of both chambers to overrule Obama’s veto, but vote numbers suggest they do not have enough to do so. The north-south pipeline would bring Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast refineries.