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February 3, 2015

Alaska, Hawaii Delegations Look to Build On Relations

Murkowski led the fight for the Keystone XL pipeline on the Senate floor — one area where the Alaska and Hawaii delegations parted ways. She's trying to bring the delegations together. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Murkowski led the fight for the Keystone XL pipeline on the Senate floor — one area where the Alaska and Hawaii delegations parted ways. She’s trying to bring the delegations together. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The relatively new members of the Alaska and Hawaii Senate delegations are working to build up their relationships as they seek to continue a decades-long alliance forged by the late Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Ted Stevens.

“We don’t have that strength yet,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said. “But you’ve got to put it into context. … The Hawaii delegation is a very young delegation; actually the Alaska delegation is also a very new delegation, so we need to form those same bonds.”

At age 57, Murkowski is the dean of the two Senate delegations, having served in the chamber since 2002 — time that overlapped with Inouye, Stevens and Sen. Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii, who all had enormous effect on their states and the chamber. Full story

January 26, 2015

Senate Absences Begin for 2016 (Updated)

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:15 p.m. | It may be January, but the Senate absences for potential presidential candidates have already begun.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky opted against attending the joint House-Senate Republican Republican retreat in Pennsylvania, and now it’s been reported that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., could miss a week’s worth of business on the floor.

ABC News reported that Rubio would spend the week fundraising, with several events in California. Rubio is among those in the Senate Republican Conference mulling a White House bid. His Senate seat is also on the ballot in 2016.

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December 16, 2014

Keystone XL and Energy Efficiency, Together Again?

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The Portman-Shaheen bill has been derailed by Senate dysfunction. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The first energy bill of the new year could feature a bit of a role reversal.

With Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the incoming majority leader, saying the Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation will be the first item of business in the 114th Congress, lead GOP sponsor John Hoeven of North Dakota mooted the possible return of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation.

“If they want to, they can offer it,” Hoeven said of legislation Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire tried repeatedly to move across the Senate floor. “As a matter of fact, I’ve had already had that conversation with them not once, but many times.”

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McConnell Puts Keystone First on the Agenda (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The incoming Senate majority leader is putting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project first on his 2015 agenda.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday told reporters that in looking ahead to the new year, a bill sponsored by Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota would lead off the floor schedule. Full story

November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Stalls in Senate Vote (Video) (Updated)

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Landrieu working the phones Tuesday ahead of the Keystone XL vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:42 p.m. | A Senate bill aimed at approving the Keystone XL pipeline stalled Tuesday, dealing a blow to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s tough re-election bid.

Republican leaders plan to bring the pipeline legislation back up next year, when GOP reinforcements appear certain to bring it over the line and to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The 59-41 vote fell just one vote short of overcoming a filibuster led by Democrats.

In addition to Landrieu, Democrats who backed the pipeline included Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Republicans hope their ranks will include Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Landrieu in next month’s runoff election in Louisiana and like Landrieu has long backed the pipeline, which would ship oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Cassidy sponsored the Keystone bill that earlier passed the House.

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May 12, 2014

Energy Bill Filibustered, Keystone Pipeline in Limbo After Reid Blocks Amendments

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Portman and Shaheen co-authored an energy efficiency bill but it was filibustered in a dispute over amendments. A deal to allow a vote on the Keystone pipeline fell through as a result. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans blocked an energy efficiency bill after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly blocked Republican efforts to vote on five energy amendments Monday — and the GOP rejected an offer to vote on the Keystone pipeline instead.

The 55-36 vote highlights the reality in today’s Senate — 60 votes are needed for legislation. And Reid has been very reluctant to give Republicans votes on amendments that could put vulnerable Democrats on the spot ahead of the midterm elections.

Reid repeatedly offered up a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline if the energy efficiency bill passed, but that wasn’t enough for Senate Republicans. Full story

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