A bipartisan group of 18 senators lead by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) sent a letter November 16 to the White House calling for swift action on TransCanada Corp’s permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline and requesting a meeting with President Barack Obama. State Department officials have said that a final decision on the pipeline will have to wait until early 2013, when a process to select an alternate route through Nebraska and an environmental review will be completed.