Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., , left, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pauses for applause while delivering his annual State of the State speech during a joint session of the Colorado Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver. An all-Democrat Capitol didn't happen this year as Republicans gained a one-seat majority in the State Senate, allowing them to control the upper House. Democrats still control the House, and Hickenlooper is a Democrat (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

“They’re actually going to have to listen to us,” said Loveland Rep. Brian DelGrosso, the GOP leader in the House, where Democrats will hold a 34-31 majority, compared with the 37-28 lead they had two years ago.

“It is disappointing,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, who was behind a similar ballot initiative rejected by Aurora voters in 2012. “We hope that the economy keeps improving and that more money comes in that we can allocate to public works and transportation-related projects, or we’re going to have to look hard at taking money away from other projects and putting it into transportation projects.”

Mary Landrieu

Landrieu is an underdog to win a fourth term in a runoff next month with GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. She’s a supporter of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline but was unable to win a vote on it, which has been a flash point in her race. Cassidy’s version recently passed the House and GOP leaders immediately scheduled another vote on it for Thursday

DENVER | Colorado Republicans are meeting to pick new leaders for the state Senate. The GOP is expected to hold a one-seat majority in the upper chamber. It will be the first time Republicans have controlled the chamber since 2004. Democrats are expected to retain a narrow majority in the House. That means the Senate will be […]