MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – A 22-year-old St. Paul native was arrested Tuesday after protesting in the U.S. Senate Chamber during a vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline legislation.
Maria Langholz, who was born in St. Paul and attended Macalester College, was arrested with four others who were protesting the bill, which fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass.
Video shows Langholz chanting, mocking the Democrats who voted for the pipeline. She said she’s slated to appear in court in a couple weeks. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Another person arrested Tuesday was a Native American activist from South Dakota, who was singing in the gallery, apparently celebrating the bill’s failure.
Despite the bill’s performance on Tuesday, in-coming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will move to pass the legislation quickly.
The bill would build a pipeline to move oil from Canada to the U.S. Supporters say it would create jobs and make American less dependent on oil from the Middle East.
Critics say importing Canadian oil won’t help in America’s drive for energy stability, and that drilling for oil in Canada is harmful to the environment.
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