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H.R. 3 (113th): Northern Route Approval Act

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To approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Lee Terry

Sponsor. Representative for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2013
Length: 12 pages
Mar 15, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 22, 2013 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


134 Cosponsors (132 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: Northern Route Approval Act (May 21, 2013)

What legislators are saying

Rep. Royce Votes to Pass Job Creation Packages
    — Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 18, 2014

The American People Want the Keystone Pipeline
    — Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9, 2001-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 14, 2014

Shea-Porter Statement on H.R. 5682, Legislation to Fast-Track Keystone Pipeline
    — Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018] on Nov 14, 2014

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Mar 15, 2013

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Apr 10, 2013
Considered by Energy

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Apr 16, 2013
Considered by Energy

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Apr 17, 2013
Ordered Reported

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Apr 24, 2013
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 16, 2013
Considered by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 22, 2013
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 3 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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