The new Republican congress was sworn in yesterday, and one of their first orders of business is an attempt to advance plans for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Unfortunately, obstructionist Democrats in the Obama administration are standing in the way of progress.

Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan of Reuters reported:

Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

Republican senators kicked off the new U.S. Congress with legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada, but the White House promptly threatened a veto.

With Republicans assuming full control of Congress on Tuesday after victories in the November elections, they have put Keystone at the center of their agenda and plan weeks of debate.

They believe that the public spotlight on Keystone will pressure President Barack Obama to eventually approve the project.

The White House was adamant that Obama would not sign the Keystone bill.

“There is already a well-established process in place to consider whether or not infrastructure projects like this are in the best interest of the country,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

A vote is set for Thursday.

Does everyone remember all the times over the past six years that Democrats and the media called Republicans “obstructionists?” I’d cite a specific example but there are so many, I suggest a simple Google search.

(I’ll also mention that the Huffington Post has used that line so many times, they have a tag devoted to it.)

Doesn’t Obama always say he’s committed to creating jobs? What’s the real problem here? Could it be that Obama is more committed to the environmental activists in the Democratic Party base than he is to improving the American economy?

Will the media hold Obama and Democrats to the same “obstructionist” standard they so eagerly applied to Republicans?

Don’t hold your breath.