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Thune suggests Keystone XL approval could be linked to national debt ceiling

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MITCHELL, S.D. — Congressional Republicans might try to stall an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling until the Obama administration clears the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Sen. John Thune told reporters Wednesday.

“There are some things Republicans would like to see happen,” said Thune, a South Dakota Republican. “It could be approval of the Keystone pipeline. That’s something we think has a real impact on the economy.”

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