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Obama advisers to recommend veto of House Keystone bill

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, in this file photo taken November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's advisers will recommend he veto a House bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if the legislation reaches his desk, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Republican senators started the new U.S. Congress on Tuesday with legislation to approve TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO) pipeline from Canada to the United States and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would not sign it.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday issued a statement formalizing the veto threat.

The statement said the House bill would circumvent presidential authority and prevent thorough consideration of security, safety and environmental concerns.

(Reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Marguerita Choy)