President Pelosi is deferring to the Senate on the future of the reform permit, stressing that a government funding measure must pass, while some Republicans express hostility to the reforms proposed by Senator Joe Manchin. Meanwhile, President Biden was in Detroit talking about electric vehicles.
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Pelosi puts the ball in the field of the Senate allowing
President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Signaled Wednesday that it could support a secondary agreement between Democratic leaders and Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) if it were included in a Senate bill that funds the government, creating a potential confrontation with liberals in the climate change debate.
“If the Senate passes a CR, we have to keep the government open,” Pelosi told The Hill, referring to an ongoing resolution: an interim funding measure to prevent a closure.
Pelosi may not have to face such a situation.
- Democrats need 10 Republican senators to back a CR to get him through the Senate, and Republicans have raised complaints about the licensing reform issue at the heart of the Manchin deal with President Biden, Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Charles. Schumer (DNY).
- It is entirely possible that the Senate will end up sending a “clean” resolution to the House despite the promise to Manchin.
“Let’s see what the Senate does,” Pelosi told The Hill.
A refresh: At issue is an agreement cut in July that gives centrist Manchin a vote on legislation designed to speed up energy infrastructure projects. The deal – which garnered Manchin’s support for a much broader health and climate bill passed last month – called for the vote to come before October 1. But Pelosi noted Wednesday that the legislative vehicle was never specified.
“We had agreed to raise a vote, yes,” he said, adding that “we never agreed on how” that vote would go down.
As the House awaits the floor from the Senate, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), The main appropriator of the lower house, said Wednesday that she opposes the idea of speeding up energy projects. But she also suggested that the Democrats may have to swallow an authorization version of the reform to avoid an arrest.
“I’m not in favor of that piece,” he said. “But there is also the question of where we go in terms of keeping the government open.”
The fate of Manchin’s proposed changes in the environmental review process is certainly not in the upper house, as at least some Republicans seem hostile to it.
- In the House, there is significant democratic resistance from progressives who argue it could accelerate polluting fossil fuel and global warming projects.
- Nearly 80 members signed a letter opposing the permit reform and calling for its exclusion from the government funding measure or any other mandatory legislation.
Read more about the political situation here, from Rachel’s Mike Lillis and The Hill.
SOME REPUBLICS OF THE SENATE ARE HOSTILE TO BUSINESS
Some Republicans are expressing hostility to Senator Joe Manchin’s (DW.Va.) campaign to use a government funding bill to advance permit reform, raising doubts about the effort’s future.
Republicans have long complained about the time it takes to advance fossil fuels and other energy projects. And Manchin’s efforts may be the best shot they’ve had in years to speed up the environmental review process for energy projects.
But there is politics: Republicans are appalled by the party line approval of the climate, tax and health care bill passed under budget reconciliation rules that bypassed the filibuster, an effort made possible by Manchin.
- And they have no interest in making things easier ahead of the medium term for the contentious Democrats already struggling to unify behind the plan. Many liberals strongly oppose the Manchin permit reform deal, and nearly 80 Democrats in the House have spoken out against the plan.
- “If you are now looking for Republicans to support you and give you more coverage than you have right now, you won’t find it with us,” said Senator John Barrasso (Wyo.), Republican No. 3 of the Senate reporters this week.
Manchin expressed hope that his proposal will attract sufficient support from the GOP to ensure its passage, telling The Hill this week that the Senate “will have CR with permission.”
But this seems more and more wishful thinking on the part of the West Virginia senator, as a number of Republicans say they want to go further.
“So far what Joe has posted is a one page template – I haven’t seen anything else – and as I said, it’s not very ambitious from my point of view. Getting there is not enough for me
‘yes’, because frankly I don’t know why I should facilitate mediocrity, ”said Senator Kevin Cramer (RN.D.).
- Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), a frequent ally of Manchin, also raised concerns about using government funding to pass such significant legislation.
- “I think putting it on a CR is problematic. It’s an important political issue, ”Collins said on Monday.
In the House, Representative Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Head of the House’s largest conservative caucus, issued a memo asking whether the Manchin deal will be right-wing enough to win Republican support this week.
“Republicans have historically strongly supported the permit reform, but the permit reform text in the CR has not been released and could favor Green New Deal plans to appease President Grijalva and the more than 70 Democrats who pledged to vote. against it, “the said, referring to the chairman of the House’s Natural Resources Committee, Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
Read more about the GOP sentiment here, from Rachel and Aris Folley of The Hill.
Biden predicts the future of electric vehicles
President Biden on Wednesday predicted a future in the United States where electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are as easy to find as gas stations, announcing the first round of funding to build a nationwide charging network.
“The great American road trip is going to be completely thrilling,” Biden said in a Detroit commentary. “Whether you’re driving coast-to-coast along I-10 or I-75 here in Michigan, the charging stations will be as active and easy to find as gas stations are now.”
The president announced the approval of the first $ 900 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding to build electric vehicle chargers in 35 states, which will extend
53,000 miles of national highway. The investment is part of the $ 7.5 billion law allocated to build charging stations in the United States
“Once upon a time to buy an electric car you have to compromise of all kinds. But not now, “Biden said Wednesday.” Thanks to American ingenuity, American engineers, American auto workers, everything is changing. ”
The president noted that drivers can now purchase American-made electric vehicles that have a long range, recharge quickly and are fast.
“I believe we can own the future of the automotive market. I believe we can own the future of manufacturing. American manufacturing is back, Detroit is back, America is back, “Biden said.
Read more from Alex Gangitano of The Hill.
INTERIOR RESTORES GULF OIL LEASE
The Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that it has restored several companies’ rights to new offshore oil exploration due to the climate, tax and health care law passed last month.
The inflation reduction law required the Department of the Interior to reinstate offers for the new oil and gas lease in the Gulf that had previously been canceled in court.
The provision was added as a concession to persuade Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) to support the bill.
Manchin touted the move in a new written statement.
“I made sure the Inflation Reduction Act reinstates this lease sale to make sure we are able to supply our domestically produced energy and I look forward to working with the Department of the Interior and the entire administration. to continue to implement the policies of the Inflation Reduction Act for the benefit of all Americans, “he said.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday it had reinstated 307 bids worth nearly $ 190 million.
Read the story here.
WHAT WE ARE READING
- Without clean water, parents in Jackson, Mississippi struggle to provide (The 19th *)
- Climate-related Lyme disease peak. Where is the vaccine? (E&E News)
- Health groups call for global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty (The Guardian)
TOMORROW AT THE TAP
The House Oversight Committee Hears a Hearing on “Big Oil Prices, Profits and Commitments”
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