Senate supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline introduced legislation Thursday authorizing its immediate construction and expect the measure will come to a vote in the coming days.
The legislation was introduced by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota. They said it has the support of all 45 Senate Republicans and 11 Democrats.
The measure is the latest response in Congress to the Obama administration's recent announcement that it was delaying a decision on the pipeline indefinitely, citing a Nebraska court case relating to the project.
The House has voted previously to approve construction of the pipeline, which would carry oil from western Canada through Nebraska to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Opponents to the project say it poses an environmental threat.