A bill backed by 44 senators was introduced on Monday seeking authorization for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The bill, which could be included in the highway and infrastructure bill in February, will bypass President Barack Obama's rejection of the project. A study by the Congressional Research Service "found that, under the Constitution’s commerce clause, Congress is in charge of such stuff as the Keystone pipeline." The $7 billion pipeline project will generate thousands of jobs and diminish dependence on foreign oil, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D, one of the bill's sponsors.
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