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Senator drops opposition to pipeline safety bill
Sen. Rand Paul, who was blocking a pipeline safety bill, drops his opposition to measure
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A spokeswoman for Sen. Rand Paul says the Kentucky Republican is dropping his "hold" on a bill to toughen federal safety regulation of oil and gas pipelines.

Moira Bagley, Paul's spokeswoman, said Monday the senator has won agreement from the bill's sponsors to add an amendment to the bill to close a gap in regulations that allows older pipelines to escape safety requirements.

Paul was elected to the Senate last year in part on the strength of his opposition to new federal regulations.

A Senate committee approved the pipeline bill without opposition in May.

Paul was the only senator in either party to object to Senate Democrats' plan to bring the bill to the floor for a vote using unanimous consent procedures that avoid a lengthy debate.

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