Republicans Threaten Manchin’s Side Deal
(AmericanProsperity.com) – Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with top members of his party and worked out a deal to include his proposed fossil fuel permitting reforms as part of a must-pass funding bill to keep the government up and running. The senator has already caught flak from a majority of progressive Democrats who threaten to tank the bill. But now the lawmaker has to worry about whether Republicans will vote to pass the funding with his side deal included.
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Republican lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress are feeling sour toward Manchin after he flipped to pass the climate, health, and tax bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act. Initially, the plan was to pressure Democrats in the House into going along with the passage of the stopgap funding measure.
However, right-wing senators claim there won’t be the 10 votes the Left needs to pass the continuing resolution in combination with Manchin’s proposed reforms. At least 60 senators need to vote in favor of passing the legislation to overcome the filibuster, and without at least 10 Republican votes, there’s no chance.
Some right-wing senators are declaring they don’t have much intention of handing Manchin and the Democratic party a massive win in both politics and policy. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) told Politico he doesn’t see any Republicans committing to a vote on legislation they haven’t been able to examine, noting the Democrat hasn’t even provided an updated draft of his proposal. Cornyn mentioned the Right is typically in favor of permitting reform, but Manchin’s actions have caused some bad blood between him and Republican lawmakers.
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