The pipeline would transport toxic tar sands oil and threatens to "wreak environmental havoc," according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.Inhofe and Bridenstine say the jobs the pipeline creates would be good for Oklahoma.
Bridenstine predicted Obama will face heavy pressure to approve the pipeline during the election year.
"We're going into a midterm election, and the president has Democrats that need this to pass," Bridenstine said.
Inhofe said he think there is a chance Obama won’t approve the pipeline since he isn’t up for election and wants to keep key supporters happy.White House spokesman Jay Carney said the State Department report is just one step in the process of deciding whether to approve the project and that Obama intends to let that process play out.
No decision is expected before 90 days, Carney said.