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U.S. Senate Republicans block energy bill, forfeit a Keystone vote

Environmentalists, many of whom have zip-tied themselves to the fence of the White House in Washington, rally and call on U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline in this March 2, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency backed by both manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

On a vote of 55-36. President Barack Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 votes to advance the bipartisan energy bill. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had offered a vote on Keystone - if Republicans permitted passage of the bill.

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