On May 16, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, by a vote of 33-24 with one voting present. The bill would remove the requirement of a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced an amendment to require pipeline owner TransCanada to create an oil spill response plan for each state the pipeline is in; he later withdrew the amendment after committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) offered to collaborate with him on the issue. Having already passed the House Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources Committee, the bill will be considered by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday, and the full House on Wednesday.