Obama advisers to recommend veto of House Keystone bill

Wed Jan 7, 2015 11:47am EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's advisers will recommend he veto a House bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if the legislation reaches his desk, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Republican senators started the new U.S. Congress on Tuesday with legislation to approve TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO: Quote) pipeline from Canada to the United States and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would not sign it.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday issued a statement formalizing the veto threat.

The statement said the House bill would circumvent presidential authority and prevent thorough consideration of security, safety and environmental concerns.

(Reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, in this file photo taken November 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/Files