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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Nov. 19 that he is willing to consider making some of the so-called tax extenders permanent.

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The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in a 59-41 vote, leaving it just shy of the 60 "yes" votes needed for passage — and setting the stage for a renewed showdown over the project early next year.

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The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this week on whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the last week of legislative action before lawmakers head back home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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The debate over the expired and expiring tax provisions centers on how long they will be extended, rather than if they will be extended. Republicans in both the House and the Senate have said they would like to see some provisions made permanent.

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President Obama could announce as soon as this week a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration enforcement system that would protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation, providing many with work permits, and significantly refocusing the work of more than 12,000 government immigration agents.

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As expected, and predicted earlier in RotorNews, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a bill on Friday, November 14, by a vote of 252 to 161 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (including 31 House Democrats).

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With the easier of two Keystone XL pipeline votes taking place as early as Friday, November 14 in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Barack Obama could still veto a bill allowing the pipeline to go ahead. Obama's "dim" view of such legislation has not shifted, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

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After Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate cleared the way for a vote on November 18 on the Keystone XL pipeline for Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), House Republicans announced plans to vote by week's end on their own pipeline bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). The White House stopped short of a veto threat against the bill.

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HAI is reporting that Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), in a tough runoff race, has now called for a vote on the Keystone pipeline, asking for a vote by the end of this week by unanimous consent.

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The election results are in and Republicans have taken over control of the U.S. Senate. The 114th Congress in January 2015 will bring a number of leadership changes that will impact the content and nature of the Senate's debates in the years to come.

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