Was just getting ready to post this.
Yep, the GOP wanted to push the timetable for a decision up for nothing more than political grandstanding, and now the announcement is going to come early. May as well get it out of the way prior to SOU.
As usual with DC politics, though, No really doesn't mean No.
TransCanada is still going to be allowed to continue work, and allowed to propose a alternate route through Nebraska.
So the permit is going to be rejected, yet they can still continue to work??