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Top White House Adviser: "We Believe In The Process" On Keystone

In an interview with BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, Valerie Jarrett steered clear of telling Capitol Hill what to do on the pipeline. The White House said Thursday the administration has a "dim view" of plans to vote on Keystone.

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Posted on November 13, 2014, at 6:15 a.m. ET

An anti-Keystone XL protest outside the Capitol in September 2014.
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An anti-Keystone XL protest outside the Capitol in September 2014.

The White House has a "dim view" of the proposals to vote on the Keystone Pipeline this week, and emphasized the continuation of the current State Department process for the issue.

"The administration has taken a dim view of these kinds of legislative proposals in the past," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday in Myanmar. "It's fair to say that our dim view of these kinds of proposals has not changed."

In an interview at the White House Wednesday, top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett declined to weigh in on what Capitol Hill should do about Keystone.

"I don't know what they're going to do on the Hill," Jarrett said when asked by BuzzFeed News if the Senate should vote on a Keystone bill. "The only thing I would say to you is we believe in the process and we've been going along with the very important process."

On Wednesday, Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is facing a runoff election next month, called for a lame-duck session vote on a bill to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and a vote was scheduled for next week. Republicans in the House signaled that they would move their own bill on Friday.

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