The Senate Tuesday narrowly defeated legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, delivering a political setback to Sen. Mary Landrieu , (D., La.), who had pushed for the vote as a way to show political clout in her runoff race against challenger Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
The vote was 59-41, with Ms. Landrieu, a three-term senator who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed to pass the legislation despite an impassioned plea to her Democratic colleagues.
“I brought this bill to the floor knowing in my heart that we have 60 votes,” Ms. Landrieu said on the floor earlier Tuesday. “I sure hope we’ve got the courage that supports.”
While the final outcome was uncertain up until the vote, the Senate roll call vote ultimately didn’t agree with Ms. Landrieu’s heart. Over the last couple of days, several senators whose votes were thought to be in play, including those of Independent Angus King of Maine and Democrat Christopher Coons of Delaware, said they would oppose the bill—one by one depleting Ms. Landrieu’s hopes for getting to 60.
Several senators whose votes were considered to be in play ended up voting against the measure.