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Democrat Disunity on Wall, Keystone XL Threatens to Haunt Biden

  • Senate clears hurdle to pursue partisan stimulus package
  • Non-binding votes show struggles ahead in divided chamber
Crews work on a right of way for the Keystone XL pipeline near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 27.

Crews work on a right of way for the Keystone XL pipeline near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 27.

Photographer: Jason Franson/Bloomberg

The Senate cleared a key hurdle toward passing President Joe Biden’s stimulus plan after 15 hours and 41 roll call votes on amendments that will ultimately have little bearing on the final legislation but could signal problems for the new administration.

Seven Democrats, for example, voted with Republicans to oppose any ban on fracking. And two voted in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline weeks after Biden revoked its presidential permit -- potential warning signs as Democrats prepare a package on climate change legislation.