BuzzChatter Tuesday: McCaskill, Demo senators urge Obama to get moving on Keystone

04/14/2014 2:58 PM

04/14/2014 2:58 PM

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• “It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and 10 other Democratic senators urging President Barack Obama in a letter to lay out a timeline for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The group, hailing mostly from swing states, told the president the project cannot miss another construction season. Obama hasn’t yet announced his decision on the controversial proposal. But the backing of his fellow Democrats could provide Obama with political cover even as the environmental lobby continues to oppose Keystone. “We need a definitive timeline laid out,” the senators said.

• “I know selfishly we would all love to see her back on the political trail.” — Pennsylvania Democratic Party chair Jim Burn on his interest in getting Hillary Clinton back out on the stump to aid Democrats in the midterm elections.

Sources tell Politico that the former first lady is likely to campaign for Democrats prior to the November election. But exactly what she’ll do remains unclear. Clinton is finishing a memoir of her years as secretary of state and wisely is in no rush. She knows full well that as soon as she steps onto the campaign trail she’ll take a drubbing from Republicans.

• “That opportunity has been lost.” — John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, on the prospects that President Barack Obama

would inspire a younger generation of Americans

to get involved with politics the same way President John F. Kennedy once did.

Della Volpe said young folks who became voters when Obama became president have since lost interest in politics. But at one point, “there was a window,” he said.

• “It’s the first vote I’ve ever missed deliberately.” — Missouri state Rep. Rick Stream on his decision to deliberately avoid casting a vote last week on controversial right-to-work legislation.

Stream told David Lieb of the AP (link courtesy of that this was the first time he had walked out on a vote in his eight years in the House. Stream is term-limited, but is running for St. Louis County executive. He didn’t want to alienate union members, and he also didn’t want to close the door on his own party. So, he walked on the vote.


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