The U.S. Senate failed to vote for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, falling one vote short of the 60 needed to get past a threatened filibuster, despite bipartisan backing that included Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill.
Senators voted 59-41 for the legislation, which would have put before President Barack Obama a $7.6 billion project to deliver 830,000 barrels of oil a day from western Canada to the U.S. heartland.
In addition to support from Missouri’s Republican and Democratic senators, the pipeline also had the backing of Gov. Jay Nixon. The governor wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry in March to express his support for the pipeline, saying the existing pipeline crosses 10 Missouri counties and has “had a positive impact on our state’s economy during my administration.”