Few political conflicts are more emblematic of congressional dysfunction than the Keystone XL pipeline project. Its long-embattled and weary proposal pages have been batted around, and it’s become a figurative partisan line in the sand.
The incandescent “ban” has returned to the Congress floor. This time, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until September 2015, but the bill carried various policy provisions that affect current and upcoming laws.
While many of us rang in the new year with a champagne toast, Washington lawmakers were busy at work attempting to iron out a deal that would prevent the nation from falling over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a term used to refer to the combined Dec.