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Hoeven calls out Harry Reid in debate

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., decried U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during an energy debate on Tuesday for stopping a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline project.

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On Monday, Reid did not allow a vote on the controversial project after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan energy efficiency bill supported by the White House.

Republicans wanted to amend the bill to rein in regulations on coal-fired power plants. The bill would have cut electricity use in buildings nationwide with tougher building codes.

Energy efficiency legislation is expected to return for a vote after the Nov. 4 elections, according to Reuters.

“Sen. Reid can bring Keystone back to vote right now,” Hoeven said.

Hoeven also called out Reid for disparaging comments about the Koch brothers, the business magnates active in conservative political spending. Last week, Reid said the brothers were driving climate change.