This article can be found at IBD ...as Americans struggle paying ever increasing gasoline costs it is important to remember that at least more than 50% of us voted for Obama. And don't tell me that you didn't know what he was...a leftist who does not care much for our Founding Father's principles. So now we're stuck with him for at least another 9 months and ugh .... maybe another 4 years and 9 months. I shudder at the thought. Read below.
Congress Can Constitutionally Skirt Obama On Keystone
Posted 01/24/2012 06:04 PM ET
Energy: The president might think that he's killed the Keystone XL pipeline, at least for as long as he's in office. But he could be very wrong.
President Obama was able to snuff out the project and with it a vast supply of needed crude because the executive office has traditionally handled permits on cross-border facilities, which the pipeline is considered since it would originate in Canada.
But that doesn't mean that's the only way for the pipeline to be approved. Attorneys at the Congressional Research Service have determined that lawmakers can pass a bill requiring a permit for the pipeline — which would have carried crude that will now instead be shipped by a rail line owned by Warren Buffett, one of Obama's supporters.
Their review "suggests that legislation related to cross-border facility permitting is unlikely to raise significant constitutional questions, despite the fact that such permits have traditionally been handled by the executive branch alone pursuant to its constitutional 'foreign affairs' authority."
Passing legislation is an option that Republicans are already looking at.
According to USA Today, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has written a bill that would remove the president's authority to approve the pipeline and give it instead to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
With a 50-vote majority in the House, the GOP should be able to get Terry's bill, or one similar to it, passed.
The Senate, however, still in Democratic hands, poses a much bigger hurdle. (READ HERE)