House GOP leadership is weighing attaching the bill to upcoming legislation to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year in an effort to overturn Obama’s decision last week to reject the pipeline.
Opponents of the bill, particularly the State Department, believe the legislation:
Raises serious questions about existing legal authorities,President Obama rejected the pipeline under a GOP-backed provision in a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut that mandated a decision within 60 days. (Politico, 1/25/2012)
Questions the continuing force of much of the federal and all of the state and local environmental and land use management authority over the pipeline, and
Overrides foreign policy and national security considerations implicated by a cross border permit, which are properly assessed by the State Department.