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Two "Yes" and Four "No" From Delmarva Sens. on Keystone XL

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delmarva's US senators split their votes on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

It was an extremely close call but a bill approving construction of the pipeline failed Tuesday night in US Senate. Supporters fell one short of the required 60 "yes" votes.

The states that make up Delmarva are represented in the Senate by six Democrats. Two of them broke ranks with the majority of their Democratic colleagues to vote "yes" to approve. The other four voted "no" for a variety of reasons.

At the Washington DC office of Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, protestors expressed their anger with carper for his position on the Keystone XL Pipeline vote. Police actually escorted the protestors away.

Sen. Carper was one of 14 Democrats who joined all 45 Republican senators in voting "yes."

"My hope is that my willingness to show some flexibility at this point in time and support this bipartisan effort will be reciprocated by the Republicans in the new majority," he said in a statement.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, was another Democratic "yes."

"After six years of study and debate, it is time to approve this project," said Sen. Warner, in a post-vote statement.

All of Delmarva's other senators voted "no" on the pipeline planned to run from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, had similar statements on their votes.

"We should never allow politics to override the rule of law, science and the health and safety of our communities," said the statement from Sen. Cardin.

"It's clear that the Keystone XL Pipeline," Sen. Kaine's statement said, "is not in our economic, national security or environmental interest."

The statement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, said despite potential employment benefits, there are too many environmental concerns.

"These concerns must be dealt with before Congress circumvents the process to approve the pipeline."

Concerns about circumventing the process - that describes why Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, voted "no."

A statement from his office said Sen. Coons is,"incredibly frustrated by how long it's taking the Administration to make this decision, but the law makes clear that it is the Administration's decision to make."

The House has voted repeatedly to approve the pipeline.

Even though this was a Senate vote, WBOC asked the Eastern Shore's Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, what he thought.

His office sent a statement saying, “Americans are clamoring for more jobs and energy independence. The Keystone XL Pipeline will do both, but that didn't matter to Harry Reid and President Obama.”

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia, has voted yes on the pipeline before, like Rep. Harris. Rep. John Carney, D-Delaware, has voted no.

Even if the vote had gone the other way in the Senate, President Obama almost certainly would have vetoed the bill.

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