Democratic Party leadership made promises related to an oil pipeline and other energy priorities in order to lock down West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote for a $739 billion spending package with historic funding levels for climate-related programs.
“President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi have committed to advancing a suite of commonsense permitting reforms this fall that will ensure all energy infrastructure, from transmission to pipelines and export facilities, can be efficiently and responsibly built to deliver energy safely around the country and to our allies,” <a href=" said in a statement.
Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has not expressed support for the agreement. She apparently was not part of the direct negotiations between Manchin and congressional leaders. <a href=" remains to be seen what Biden and Democratic leaders might offer Sinema to secure her vote, given that all 50 Democrats need to be on board for the reconciliation bill to pass.