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Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL pipeline

Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions such as lifting a ban on crude oil exports.

Other possible tweaks could attempt to ban exports of oil sent through the pipeline or force the pipeline's builders use American-made steel.

Full-blown debate on the bill was expected later Tuesday after the Senate agreed 63-32 Monday to begin deliberating the measure.

The 1,179-mile pipeline would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Nebraska. An amendment previewed last week would say climate change is real and the U.S. should move away from fossil fuels.

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