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Congressional Republicans plan to hold back legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline to prevent President Obama from vetoing it while lawmakers are away from Washington.
While Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) staged a signing ceremony for the bill on Friday morning, the legislation will not be sent to the White House until after next week’s Presidents Day recess, according to a top Republican aide.
"Keystone isn’t just a pipeline, it’s a lifeline for our construction workers. And the overwhelming majority of the American people know it as well," Boehner said Friday. "So to the president, I would just say this: do the right thing, sign this bill."
Once Obama receives the bill, he will have 10 days, excluding Sundays, to sign or veto it.
Asked about the timeline provided by the aide, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested the bill could be sent to Obama the week of Feb. 23.