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    by Senator Mitch McConnell

    Posted on 2015-01-13

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    McCONNELL. Mr. President, this morning the Senate will continue to debate the motion to proceed to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, with the time equally divided until 12:30 p.m.

    Some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to filibuster the motion to proceed to the bill. All Senators should know that we will get on this bill today and begin the amendment process. We can do it the easy way or we can do it the hard way. Either we will get on it this afternoon by consent or shortly after midnight without consent. But we will get on it today.

    It is surprising to me that some Democratic Senators are choosing to exercise their procedural rights in order to block their own colleagues from offering amendments to the bill, although at this point the only Senators who have filed amendments at the desk are Republican Senators.

    I want to make it clear to everybody that we are committed to an open amendment process but not an open-ended one. So we are hopeful--I have read that Democrats have a number of amendments--that we will be given a chance to get on the bill and begin to offer amendments so the Senate can work its will.


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