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US Senate Republicans block energy bill, forfeit a Keystone vote

President Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012, in Cushing, Okla.
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President Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012, in Cushing, Okla.

U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency backed by both manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

On a vote of 55-36, President Barack Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 votes to advance the bipartisan energy bill. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had offered a vote on Keystone - if Republicans permitted passage of the bill.

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