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Senate passes bill to approve building Keystone XL pipeline

The Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would approve building the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto legislation to build the contentious pipeline, citing an ongoing U.S. government review of the proposed project. The Senate's bill includes a handful of amendments not attached to a House-passed version. The House could now pass the Senate's amended bill, or lawmakers from each chamber could meet to hammer out a new version. The Senate bill got 62 "yes" votes, five shy of the 67 needed to override a presidential veto.

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