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by Jack McEvoy


The Senate voted to reinstate rules helping expedite the construction of energy infrastructure that persisted under former President Donald Trump, eliminating a final rule that was previously imposed by the Biden administration.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined a united Republican caucus to pass a Resolution of Disapproval in a 50-47 vote by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, according to Senate logs.

The move will accelerate federal permitting for the development of crucial future energy, mining, and infrastructure projects.

The vote will return the NEPA process to the 2020 Trump-era provisions that curtailed regulations, making sure that fossil fuel projects were only studied for their individual environmental impact and not for the eventual effects of the energy that would be produced by the infrastructure, according to documents. The Biden administration, which often prioritizes climate and environmental issues, found Trump’s reforms objectionable and finalized a new rule that neutralized them in April 2022.

Despite the 2020 rule’s ability to expedite oil and gas pipelines, the removal of NEPA regulation applies to all infrastructure on federal lands and can also help green energy infrastructure or rare earth mineral mines, essentially for the production of EVs to be built faster, according to CEI.

Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska originally proposed the vote that will also prevent the reissuing of a similar rule in the future unless Congress authorizes it.

Republicans unanimously voted to overturn Biden’s permitting regulations, while Manchin was the only Democrat to support the move.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, as well as Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, were absent from the vote.

The vote comes after President Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York promised Manchin that they would help pass permitting reform on Monday. The president can still use his powers to veto the effort.

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Jack McEvoy is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
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‘We’re at The Circus Now’: GOP Strategist Says Mar-a-Lago Raid Will End With Either a Trump Indictment or Merrick Garland Resignation

CNN commentator and Republican strategist Scott Jennings appeared on State of the Union Sunday, where he argued that the Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday will come to a conclusion with serious consequences one way or another.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he would seek the unsealing of the search warrant and inventory list from the search and seizure of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. Garland additionally noted that he “personally approved,” the search warrant for the raid, pitting himself directly against Trump.

Once the information from the FBI raid was obtained, it was discovered that documents labeled with extremely high classification were found at Mar-a-Lago. The content of the documents remains unknown at this point.

While sitting on a CNN panel, Jennings argued that “in the aftermath of the raid,” there is a “reflexiveness,” with Trump. The Republican strategist claimed that many Republicans are unsatisfied with this outcome because they “want to take him out,” and “don’t want to let them [Democrats] do it.”

Jennings continued that he thought the situation was helping Trump “at least temporarily.”

The CNN commentator then said this week has felt like “we’re at the circus now. We’re all under the big top.”

“This can only end one of two ways,” Jennings argued. “He has to be indicted or Merrick Garland has to resign.”

“You can’t raid the former president’s house” and then end up doing nothing, he explained.

The CNN commentator concluded his argument by asking a rhetorical question, “How could it possibly end with just, well, we got him back and it’s over now?”

“There’s no going back now.”

According to reporting from the New York Times on Saturday, Trump may not be the only individual facing criminal trouble as a result of this investigation. A Trump lawyer falsely assured the Justice Department that all classified information had been returned to the federal government, two months before sensitive materials were found at Mar-a-Lago.

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