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GOP to Fight For Pipeline, Despite Obama's Rejection

House Republicans say a fresh push for a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline could be part of a new round of congressional negotiations over extending the payroll tax cutand benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Keystone Pipeline Map
Source: AP
Keystone Pipeline Map

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton told reporters the House leadership is looking at every option after President Barack Obama decided this week to block the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline, at least temporarily.

The Michigan Republican and other House GOP lawmakers argue the decision was politically driven and will deny the nation both jobs and a new energy source.

Upton and the lawmakers spoke at the GOP's annual retreat in Baltimore.

A two-month extension of the Social Securitytax cut and benefits expires Feb. 29, and negotiators hope to produce a new plan.