(NBC News) – In Washington this morning, Congress is back with a ton of stuff to deal with before the end of the year: ISIS, Ebola, immigration, nominees, and the budget.
But there is one issue that’s captured the attention of both Democrats and Republicans.
The Keystone XL Pipeline – Democrats have done an about-face, and Republicans say it’s all about politics.
The House could vote today on a bill to build the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline.
It’s sponsored by Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy.
He’s in a December 6th runoff with Democrat Mary Landrieu.
Landrieu’s bucked her party to support the pipeline. Now they’re hoping by backing off, she can win this tight race.
Landrieu insists it’s not about politics: “They may be focused on politics, I’m focused on policy,” said Senator Mary Landrieu, (D) Louisiana.
But even if the pipeline approval makes it to President Obama’s desk; White House advisors may again recommend a veto. “I think it’s fair to say that our dim view of these kinds of proposals has not changed,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
For six years, the pipeline stalled over environmental concerns, sending oil 11-hundred miles through the middle of the U.S.
Plus, there’s a court case pending in Nebraska over the route. “The President is waiting for action to pan out in Nebraska, and he wants all these issues to be resolved,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator.
The Senate could vote Tuesday, leaving it in President Obama’s hands by the middle of next week.