Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) seemed pretty confident on Tuesday that his agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would make its way into the continuing resolution (CR). In return for Manchin having signed on to support the misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act,” Schumer promised he’d get permitting reform, which includes pipelines. While Schumer has appeared to double down on keeping that promise, it may not be enough.
On Thursday morning The Hill published a piece highlighting how ” Schumer in tough spot over Manchin promise .” As has been covered in recent weeks, some fellow Democratic lawmakers are opposed to the plan, including Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, as well as Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).
This most recent report also mentions how 650 environmental groups have written a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was also part of the negotiations with Manchin, expressing their displeasure.
And here’s the kicker, with added emphasis: Schumer made clear Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to backtrack on his promise.
“Permitting reform is part of the IRA and we will get it done,” Schumer said Wednesday. “Our intention is to add it to the CR.”
But that plan is running into opposition from progressive House Democrats and outside environmental groups. There’s also a chance that several Senate Democrats may balk at the deal with Manchin, now that they no longer need his vote to pass a budget reconciliation bill. Even those fellow Democrats not necessarily opposed are still confused by it, which includes Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). “‘Are we helping to solve the climate problem?’ is the question,” he’s quoted as saying. “I don’t even know what the permitting reform is.”
Republicans aren’t too thrilled either, with some […]
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