House Speaker John Boehner says that if President Barack Obama were to veto the Keystone pipeline bill, it would be equivalent to ''calling the American people stupid.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday (November 18) will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that if Obama were to veto it, as some suspect, it would be an insult to the American people. "Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people. A vetoing of an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid," he said. With the chamber apparently stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu worked hard on Monday to gather one last vote. Late in the day it seemed the Louisiana Democrat would come up just short, likely hurting her chances of winning a new six-year term in a December run-off election. Backers of the bill in the 100-seat Senate need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster by opponents. A companion bill easily passed the House of Representatives on Friday. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would transport more than 800,000 barrels per day of oil from Alberta to Nebraska, en route to the Gulf of Mexico.