U.S. Senate's Reid does not expect Keystone XL bill to fail

Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:46pm EST
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WASHINGTON Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not be surprised if a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project passed on Tuesday evening.

"I don't expect it to fail," Reid told reporters about TransCanada Corp's 800,000-barrel-per-day pipeline that would help bring Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf energy hub. Keystone backers have 59 votes, 45 Republicans and 14 Democrats, and need one more to pass a version of the bill the House of Representatives passed last week.

(Reporting by David Lawder and Timothy Gardner; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)