Obama advisers to recommend veto of House Keystone bill
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)
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