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Daines Joins Republicans In Approving Keystone

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation's Wednesday that would bypass the President, and force the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The measure passed largely along party lines with Democrats, saying the legislation is an attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review. Republicans said the measure was needed to ensure that the long-delayed pipeline, first proposed in 2008, is built.

Congressman Steve Daines joined Republicans in voting for the measure.

"Montanans understand how important this project is for our economy, and for our energy future," Daines said. "In Eastern Montana, we've seen the tremendous potential for jobs and economic growth that's come with the oil production in the Bakken field."

The bill is now on the way to the Senate, where it must pass with enough votes to overcome a promised veto from the president. Both of Montana's Senators have expressed support for the pipeline.

On Wednesday, Senator Max Baucus issued a statement saying he will do whatever it takes to get the pipeline built, because it will create jobs.

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