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Senate Republicans to try to force vote on Keystone pipeline

Murkowski (left)
Murkowski (left) Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is to introduce a bill on Tuesday to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Murkowski, a Republican, is the new head of the Senate Energy Committee. The bill could receive a floor vote next week.

Her legislation will set up a new confrontation with President Barack Obama over an issue that has lingered for years. Obama has not taken a definitive position on the controversial idea of building the massive project.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he’ll make Keystone the Senate’s first order of business.

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