WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday renewed its threat to veto
legislation to fund US transportation projects responsible for millions
of jobs if it includes the politically charged Canada-to-Texas Keystone
XL oil pipeline.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have included the pipeline
in a bill that proposes a 90-day extension of funding for highway,
bridge, and transit construction. The House is expected to vote on the
legislation on Wednesday.
In a statement on the proposal, presidential advisers said the
legislation would circumvent "longstanding and proven process" for
determining whether pipelines are in the national interest.
It said mandating the pipeline before a new route was "submitted and
assessed" would prompt a recommendation that President Barack Obama veto
the long-delayed transportation legislation, said to be crucial for the
Obama earlier this year put a hold on TransCanada's $7 billion project,
designed to bring crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas
refineries, because he said it needed further environmental review in