The U.S. senate last Wednesday failed to override President Barak Obama’s veto on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.
Lawmakers in the Senate voted 62-37 failing to get the 66 votes needed to override the veto.
If constructed, the pipeline would go through western South Dakota and through a portion of Tripp County.
Members of the South Dakota delegation in Washington said they remain optimistic the project can ultimately proceed.
“We are going to continue to push it,” said Sen. John Thune.
“I can’t predict at this point what it might be. All I know is we’re going to be looking for opportunities to push this issue forward and put it in front of the president.”
Rep. Kristi Noem said she is confident Keystone would come before Congrss again this year.
Sen. Mike Rounds said some lawmakers have talked about adding Keystone to long term transportation funding bill because it would garner bipartisan support.