House GOP Chairman Stops Keystone XL Push, Calls It 'Poison Pill'

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has decided to take the Keystone XL pipeline off the table as part of the committee’s energy bill.

“One of the things I’m actively working against is what I call poison pills by one side or the other -- so yes, of course I support Keystone. We’ve had a number of votes on that, but I know that’s not going to fly,” Upton said at an event sponsored by National Journal.

“We’re not going to get the president to sign that as part of any deal. He vetoed it as a separate deal – that’s not going to be part of this bill,” he added.

In March, the Senate failed to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The president’s veto of the bipartisan Keystone bill represents a victory for partisanship and for powerful special interests,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at the time. “The president’s veto of the bipartisan Keystone bill represents a defeat for jobs, infrastructure, and the middle class.”

Upton also expressed doubt that nuclear energy will be included in the bill.

“I don’t know if we’ll have a specific nuclear title as part of this and on the issue of nuclear waste, which is related for sure, we’re not going to be ready to include something like that as part of an energy bill we’re going to mark up next month,” he said. “For me, I’ll say I support nuclear. Again, I’ve got two facilities in my district – thousands of jobs.”