Dems Played Manchin: Got His Climate Vote, Rejected His Pipeline

Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer

At a glance

  • Sen. Joe Manchin’s grand plan to leverage his support for Democrats’ climate-change spending to advance a West Virginia pipeline project have collapsed. That deal allowed Democrats to secure his vote on the $740 billion so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”
  • Manchin asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to remove an energy permitting reform plan from a continuing resolution because it was facing bipartisan opposition.
  • Manchin had hoped to include the permitting plan in the continuing resolution to advance energy infrastructure projects, especially the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

 

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