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TheChat: Vetoing Keystone would be like calling the American people stupid, Boehner says

We’re still waiting for the grand jury decision out of Ferguson.

▪ “It would be [the] equivalent of calling the American people ‘stupid.’” — House Speaker John Boehner describing the impact a presidential veto of the Keystone pipeline legislation would have.

Boehner is trying to keep the heat on a reluctant President Barack Obama to get on board with the Keystone project. Even though some Democrats, such as Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, are on board with the proposal, Obama continues to struggle, based on his recent remarks. Boehner also said that vetoing this bill, if it reaches the president’s desk, would be a “clear indication that he doesn’t care about the American people’s priorities.”

▪ “For more than six years, the Obama administration and Senate Democrats have played politics with American jobs and our nation’s energy security by blocking and delaying this common-sense, shovel-ready project.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, lamenting the one-vote defeat of the Keystone project.

Republicans vowed to bring up the issue again early next year when, with more Republicans in the Senate, the measure would have a better chance of passage.

▪ “We need more from our city leadership.” — Louie Wright, the long-time head of the Kansas City firefighters’ union who announced Tuesday that he was running for the City Council’s 1st District.

Wright, who also is an attorney, is a long-time City Hall power broker who will be a formidable candidate. He’s running against incumbent Dick Davis. Also in the race are Heather Hall, who also has union ties, and Jane Rinehart, a debate coach featured in Joe Miller's book about Central High School and sister of Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart. This is going to be a race.

▪ “It is our hope that our respective leadership teams take concrete steps to broaden the relationships and deepen the rapport among members.” — a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid seeking permission to schedule monthly bipartisan lunches as a way to forge better working relationships in the Senate.

Among the 32 signers was Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran. Neither Missouri Republican Roy Blunt nor Kansas Republican Pat Roberts signed up for lunch. Apparently support from McConnell and Reid is needed to get the lunches on the schedule.

▪ “They wiped the floor with us, so no, we’re not feeling good.” — Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking about House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Politico reports that discontent among Democrats for Pelosi is breaking out into the open even though she apparently was unanimously re-elected on a voice vote last week in a closed-door party meeting.

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