House Republicans introduced a payroll tax cut bill this past week that includes language to force a decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL project within 60 days. The measure left out a plan by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would transfer the review of the project from the State Department to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "There are numerous ways to get this project back on track, and it just makes sense to link the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline with the payroll tax relief and unemployment extension. We've been focused on this issue all year, and we're pleased to see it included as part of this package," a committee aide said.
According to The Hill/E2 Wire blog, House Republicans are deferring to language already favored by Senate Republican leaders.