Environment | National | Politics

Senate committee to take up Keystone XL Pipeline bill this week

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Photo from Facebook

Republicans take control of the Senate tomorrow and are wasting little time in pushing one of their major priorities -- approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the Keystone approval bill but no tribal representatives are on the witness list. The next day, the panel will hold a business meeting to advance the measure to the Senate floor so the process is moving quickly with virtually no consultation in Indian Country.

The bill was authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). She will be the new chairwoman of the committee in the 114th Congress.

The hearing and the meeting both take place in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The sessions will be broadcast on the committee's web site at 10am on Wednesday and on Thursday.

Committee Notices:
Keystone XL Hearing to be Held (January 7, 2015)
Business Meeting on Keystone XL Legislation to be Held (January 8, 2015)

Also Today:
New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary (The Washington Post 1/5)
Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda (The New York Times 1/5)

Join the Conversation

Related Stories:
Native Sun News: Bales taken at Rosebud Sioux Tribe spirit camp (12/12)
Tribes challenge permit for Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota (12/10)
Native Sun News: Crow Creek Sioux man upsets Senate with song (12/4)
Migizi Pensoneau: Sen. Tester betrays our people on Keystone (11/28)
Crystal Willcuts: Keystone XL Pipeline just makes the rich richer (11/24)
Winona LaDuke: No one believes in the 'black snake' pipeline (11/21)
Greg Grey Cloud explains Lakota honor song after Senate vote (11/20)
Crow Creek Sioux man arrested as Senate rejects Keystone bill (11/19)
Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams House vote on Keystone XL Pipeline (11/17)
Tim Giago: The final Indian war in America is about to begin (11/17)
Obama dismisses claimed benefits from Keystone XL Pipeline (11/14)
House heads for vote on bill to approve Keystone XL Pipeline (11/13)
Republican lawmakers vow to approve Keystone XL Pipeline (11/11)
Native Sun News: Sioux tribes intervene in Keystone review (11/11)