Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) is now making a stand over $150 billion in the reconciliation bill Democrats are trying to put together.
It would appear as though he finally got around to reading it, now telling his fellow party members that the $150 billion for clean-energy initiatives must be removed.
According to backroom rumors, Manchin has planted his feet in the ground and he is refusing to budge unless the clean energy is gone from the bill.
Making a Stand
Manchin represents coal country, so I am sure his donors had a little something to say about this position.
The New York Post reported that one inside source stated, “As a path forward there are two choices, compromise in some form or fashion or eliminate the climate aspect from reconciliation and work on it thereafter.”
This could be a major problem for Biden and Democrats moving forward, as clean energy was a major focus of this legislation.
It is one of the many pet projects of the Democrat agenda that has been part of redefining infrastructure.
The White House would not comment directly on the negotiations, but it did release a statement.
“We don’t comment on the state of our negotiations with the wide array of Senators offering views about the Build Back Better agenda.
“The White House is laser-focused on advancing the President’s climate goals and positioning the United States to meet its emission targets in a way that grows domestic industries and good jobs.”
Liberals are already losing their minds on this because of Manchin’s ties to the coal industry.
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich stated, “Joe Manchin, who owns stock in a coal brokerage company, is trying to kill legislation to replace coal-fired power plants with clean energy. I’m shocked! Absolutely shocked!”
I will have to check Reich’s timeline to see if he is just as upset about Joe Biden’s family members’ investments with the Chinese or the score of stock hits House Speaker Pelosi’s husband has made since she has been office.
Remember, after Democrats get Manchin to buckle, they still have to work on Senator Sinema (D-AZ).
The next self-imposed expiration date for Democrats is October 31, but unless some major movement happens over the next few days, it does not appear likely this legislation will be approved by then.
Source: New York Post