By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bill was approved late Monday, only a few hours after Senator Paul of Kentucky abruptly announced he was ending his opposition.

He said in a statement he was doing so, because the bill's sponsors had agreed to incorporate an amendment regarding safety testing of older pipelines.

Paul previously had told the bill's supporters his opposition was based on a philosophical objection to new regulation.

The bill would increase penalties for safety violations, require the installation of automatic shut-off valves on new transmission lines, and authorize more safety inspectors, among other provisions. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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