An energy bill introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin as part of an ongoing resolution to avoid closing the government on Oct. 1 is facing opposition from both Senate Republicans and House Democrats.
Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, promulgated the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 on Sept. 21. The proposed 91-page law includes federal reforms aimed at improving energy supply and security improve in turn have a positive effect on gas prices.
As Politico reports, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is among Senate Republicans protesting Manchin’s inclusion of the Energy Bill in a larger bill that would, among other things, bring more than $12 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine if passed.
If Manchin’s bill succeeds and forms part of the broader legislation, it would fund the government until December 16.
“If the Democrats insist on allowing reform, I will oppose it,” said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the GOP’s chief appropriator.
McConnell said Sept. 21 that “runaway Democrat inflation includes skyrocketing costs” for American families, in addition to “dangerous vulnerabilities” due to Democratic policies in states like California — which have had grid problems.
He has also blasted Manchin, who received “a commitment” from President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the vote for the Aug. 16 inflation-cutting bill Energy reform package to adopt by the end of the fiscal year.
“Every Democratic senator cast the deciding vote for this reckless spending spree [the Inflation Reduction Act]’ said McConnell. “That includes the senior West Virginia senator, who claims he only did so because the Democratic leader promised him Democrats would get behind approving reforms to make things easier to build and complete projects in America.
“But now, very predictably, this backroom deal is crumbling before our eyes.”
McConnell noted Democrats, including independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and dozens in the House of Representatives, who do not support Manchin’s bill.
Reuters reported that 77 House Democrats signed a letter to Pelosi opposing Manchin’s bill.
In that letter, House Democrats said Manchin’s legislation would adversely affect the Clean Water Act and “allow polluting manufacturing and energy development projects to be rushed through before the families who are forced to live near them even know of the plans.” to know”.
On Sept. 8 in the Senate, Sanders opposed Manchin’s “dirty side deal,” which includes a federal requirement to permit the $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline to carry natural gas between West Virginia and Virginia.
Congress should “listen to the scientists and the environmental community … and end the $15 billion in tax breaks and subsidies that Congress already gives to big oil and gas companies each year,” Sanders said.
During an appearance on Fox News on Monday Your world with Neil CavutoManchin said Sanders “never was for any reforms that would have given permits and he wasn’t for an energy policy that works for America.”
“What I didn’t expect is that Mitch McConnell, my Republican friends, would sign with Bernie or try to get the same result by not passing the reform,” Manchin said.
Today, Manchin reiterated his hope for last-minute bipartisan support.
“The United States lags behind the rest of the developed world in approving and building major energy projects,” he tweeted, along with video from a separate Fox News appearance. “This isn’t about me – this is about helping #WV & America. It is time to put aside toxic tribal politics and put America first.”
news week Manchin asked for comment.
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