"Led by a Louisiana Democrat and North Dakota Republican, senators pressure White House to build controversial pipeline."
"Barack Obama faced a new challenge on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday when Democrats and Republicans in the Senate introduced a bill taking the decision out of his hands.
The bill, introduced by Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu and North Dakota Republican John Hoeven, would bypass Obama, authorising immediate construction of the 1,660-mile pipeline.
The two senators said they were hoping for a vote as early as next week. Landrieu said she hoped to 'greenlight construction of the pipeline immediately'. The senators claimed they had the support of all 45 Republicans and 11 Democrats."