U.S. House approves Keystone pipeline: Bill receives near-unanimous support from Iowa reps

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U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and 30 other House Democrats voted with Republicans on Friday in favor of moving forward with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The 1,600-mile pipeline would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries in the southern United States. Proponents say it’s an efficient way to transport needed oil to the United States, while critics say it will perpetuate the use of dirty fossil fuels and run the risk of oil spills along the route.

Republican U.S. Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham also voted in favor of the project. Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a lame duck congressman after losing a U.S. Senate bid earlier this month against Republican Joni Ernst — voted against the bill.

The bill will likely face a narrow vote in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. President Barack Obama has not taken a firm stance on the proposal, but White House officials indicated this week that a veto is a strong possibility.

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