Evan C. Zoldan


When President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act in early 2015, he signaled the end of a political drama that pitted Congress against the President, Democrats against Republicans, and the promise of jobs against concern for the environment. Like most drama in Washington, it burned bright and hot, but soon was overtaken by other, suddenly more urgent, matters. Although news coverage of the pipeline has waned, the Keystone XL legislation represents the serious and enduring problem of congressional dysfunction. Using the Keystone XL legislation as a point of departure, this Article offers insights into the inner workings of Congress, the role of deliberation in lawmaking, and the relationship between public opinion and the legislative process.

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