A senior Obama administration official says the White House will reject a Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced, says a February deadline set by Congress doesn't allow for a proper review of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.
The Feb. 21 deadline was set by a GOP-written provision as part of a tax bill that Obama signed into law just before Christmas.
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says the President apparently lacks faith in Nebraska to select a route through the state and is turning his head on an opportunity to create thousands of jobs in middle America.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the president is favoring extreme enviromentalism over job creation and an energy partnership with a friendly neighbor.
The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas. It would pass through South Dakota and Nebraska.