Environment Maine
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Sun Journal
By
Steve Mistler, staff writer

AUGUSTA — Election-year presidential politics came to the Maine Senate on Thursday as lawmakers voted along party lines to urge President Obama and Congress to complete the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Led by the majority Republicans, senators voted 17-15 to pass the resolution just one day before Obama's scheduled campaign fundraiser in Portland. The resolve, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jonathan Courtney, R-Springvale, has no legal bearing on the project, which would transfer tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through several U.S. channels.

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