How Obama’s Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Unfolded in Real Time

After its passage in both the House and the Senate, legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline reached President Obama’s desk today.

But, in his first rejection of major legislation as president, Obama didn’t sign it.

Twitter users tracked the entire veto process throughout the day.

The proposed pipeline would stretch 1,179 miles, carrying oil from Canada to Nebraska before meeting with existing pipelines that would carry it to its final destination – refineries along the Gulf Coast. Some support the legislation:




Some oppose it:



The president has been consistent in saying that he would reject the Keystone XL pipeline until all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete.


Some politicians took to Twitter in a last-ditch effort to sway the president in their direction.






One member of Congress was very optimistic the president would change his mind:

First, The Hill reported this:


Then, some supporters got their hopes up when they reported this:



While waiting for the president’s decision, the Natural Resources Defense Council launched a Tumblr page tracking the veto.


The president ultimately vetoed the legislation.






Here’s how some members of Congress reacted to the veto.





Robert Steurer, communications director for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted that there will be an override vote.



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