House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama.

The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate floor next week. The Senate bill is backed by 60 members, enough for passage.

But it's still likely to hit a dead end. The White House says Obama will veto the bill if it passes the Republican-controlled Congress, wanting the review process to play out.

It will be the 10th time since July 2011 the House has voted on legislation advancing the pipeline.

Twice before, the House has passed bills authorizing construction. The last one failed to pass the Senate by a vote.