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Rep. Lois Capps wants oil company to pay for clean-up of any future Keystone XL spills


Members of congress approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Wednesday with a bi-partisan House of Representatives vote of 270-152.

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) tried to attach one final amendment to fund any future oil spill clean-up efforts.

The amendment would have required operator TransCanada pay into a special fund through an eight cents-per-barrel tax.

"Mr. Speaker, this is a straight forward issue that should have bi-partisan support," Capps said on the floor of the House. "If we're going to bear 100 percent of the risk of an oil spill from this Keystone pipeline, the least we can do is to ensure that those [who are] responsible for it, also pay to clean it up."

The clean-up amendment failed, 241-181.

The Keystone bill is now on its way to the White House. President Obama has said he'd likely veto a Keystone bill if one made it to his desk.