*(Via Politico) – The White House warned the new Republican Congress Tuesday that President Barack Obama will veto pending legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
“I can confirm for you that if this bill passes this congress, the president wouldn’t sign it either,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily press briefing, noting that the White House had vowed to veto previous efforts to approve the project through legislation.
“There’s already a well-established process in place to consider whether infrastructure projects like this are in the best interest of the country,” he added, referring to the analysis being conducted by the State Department.
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Boehner Back as Speaker
*(Via Huffington Post) – The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to once again make John Boehner its speaker, handing the Ohio Republican the gavel for the third time despite a late challenge by dissatisfied members of his own party. Tuesday’s vote saw the most votes against a sitting speaker since 1923.
In the final tally, Boehner received the votes of 216 House members, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received 164 votes. A number of discontented Republicans, however, voted for other candidates, including Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who, with 12 votes, got the most opposition votes from the GOP.
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