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    Washington (CNN)West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin recently released a proposal that intends to streamline the federal permitting process for energy projects, as well as fast-track a pipeline that would impact his home state. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to add the legislative text to a short-term spending bill that must pass by the end of September to avert a government shutdown.Schumer agreed to pass Manchin's permitting overhaul plan in order to win his support for the sweeping $750 billion health care, tax and climate bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, that passed in August.But it's unclear if Schumer and Manchin can secure the votes needed to pass the permitting plan, as Republicans and Democratic progressives have voiced opposition. Here's what the proposal would do, according to a summary provided by Manchin's office.Read MoreRequires the President to select 25 priority projectsThe plan instructs the President to select 25 energy projects of strategic national importance for priority federal review. Creates a time frame for environmental reviewsThe proposal calls for a "target" time frame for how long the federal government takes...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Tuesday blasted “revenge politics” as Senate Republicans balk at an energy permitting deal Democratic leadership plans to attach to a crucial government funding bill Congress must pass by Oct. 1 to avert a government shutdown. LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP ‘AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING’ Senate Republicans remain frustrated by the energy deal, which Manchin struck with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in exchange for his vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, a scaled-back version of Build Back Better, President Joe Biden’s sweeping social spending and green energy bill. Manchin sunk Build Back Better when he objected to its price tag and raised concerns over inflation, and many Republicans were surprised by his subsequent agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act. Manchin told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that the text of his permitting proposal will be available Wednesday, but it does not yet appear there are the votes needed to pass a continuing resolution including Manchin’s reforms in the upper chamber. The deal will likely...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain is purportedly scrambling behind the scenes to court disgruntled progressives and salvage the package that won Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) backing of the Inflation Reduction Act. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to grant Manchin a trove of permitting reforms if he backed the Democrats' legislative crown jewel. But with Manchin on board, several House Democrats have let their displeasure be known. Klain has been making calls to top progressives to prod them into backing the reform, Axios reported. 'ISN'T IT DISINGENUOUS?': MANCHIN PUT IN HOT SEAT OVER INFLATION REDUCTION ACT “Maybe they are upset about the fact that this has not been going as it was planned," Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) told Axios, referring to the Biden administration. “The White House has to realize that there was no inclusion on the part of rank-and-file members." Grijalva has led an internal mutiny of sorts in the House, helming a crew of roughly 80 House progressives in demanding that leadership detaches permitting reform from the government funding...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a fiery floor speech Thursday that he opposes a "dirty side deal" that would allow faster approval of fossil fuel projects such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a major priority of industry-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin. The agreement in question was negotiated behind closed doors by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an effort to secure the West Virginia Democrat's support for the Inflation Reduction Act. While the text of the side deal has not been finalized, it is expected to propose major federal permitting reforms that would weaken environmental review laws and clear the way for pipelines and other polluting fossil fuel infrastructure. The proposal could be included in a must-pass government funding bill set to receive a vote later this month. Sanders (I-Vt.) said in his floor remarks Thursday that the deal presents a "fundamental choice" between prioritizing the "short-term profits" of the fossil fuel industry and securing a livable planet for future generations. "We can listen to the fossil fuel industry and the politicians they pay," the Vermont senator said,...
    An investigation is underway after a man in West Virginia died at the Kanawha Eagle Coalburg Tunnel Mine in Kanawha County. The death of Kris Ball, 34, of Chapmanville was announced by Republican Gov. Jim Justice during a coronavirus briefing on Friday. WATCH: BALTIMORE RAVENS LOSE 'POE' AHEAD OF SEASON OPENER "We know how much we depend on our coal miners," Justice said, noting that Ball was killed Thursday night. "It's tough work. They're absolute heroes. We try to be as safe as we can possibly be all the time. I'm sure that we tried to stress safety over and over, but it's a tough occupation. And we should be so eternally grateful to this young man, his incredible family, and absolutely to all of our coal miners across the state." Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) posted a statement regarding Ball's death on Twitter. Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kris Ball at the Coalburg Tunnel Mine. We ask all West Virginians to join us in...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images A new NBC News poll spells bad news for President Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and others, but the news is especially bad for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who appears equally unpopular on both sides of the political aisle. In a poll released Tuesday, NBC News measured the popularity of American politicians and found respondents have mostly negative views of all of them. Biden received 40 percent positive reactions compared to 48 percent negative, while Trump earned 36 percent positive responses compared to 54 percent negative. Some voters didn’t have strong feelings toward either, with 12 percent saying they are neutral on Biden and 10 percent neutral toward Trump. Vice President Kamala Harris and Mike Pence were also names thrown out in the poll. Harris scored a 32 percent positive mark among respondents, but 50 percent also said they have a negative view of her. Pence scored a lower positive rating (25 percent) and negative rating (44 percent). Another 15 percent of respondents were neutral on Harris, while 27 percent were neutral on Pence. Manchin, however, is in...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the most unpopular political figure in the United States after lending the support required for Democrats to approve a massive social spending and climate bill, according to a fresh poll. Just 11% of registered voters viewed Manchin positively in a national NBC News poll conducted Aug. 12-16. Thirty-four percent viewed the senator negatively, leaving his overall favorable ratings 23 percentage points underwater — worse off than any other major American political figure tested in the survey. The margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 3.1 points. The poll’s findings come on the heels of President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, a pared-down version of “Build Back Better.” The legislation, a reconciliation bill not subject to a Republican filibuster, languished for more than a year because of Manchin’s opposition — until earlier this month, when he reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). CEDRIC RICHMOND: DEMOCRATS AVOIDING BIDEN COMMITTING 'POLITICAL MALPRACTICE' Manchin’s reversal provided the backing needed to push the bill through the Senate, to the House, and...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM | Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin said he pays no attention to criticism or campaign donations when making decisions about what’s best for West Virginia. Sounding somewhat exasperated when asked whether the dramatic bump in campaign contributions he’s received from oil and gas interests in recent months influenced his voting, the conservative Democrat said no. During a roundtable discussion in Charleston on Friday, he said his office’s outsized role in drafting the sprawling economic package signed this week by U.S. President Joe Biden made him the target of the “far left,” environmental activists and the fossil fuel industry all at once. “Nobody in their right mind would go through what I have gone through with my staff for the last eight months, taking all the crap we’ve taken from everybody in the country” if they weren’t doing what they believe is right, he said. “I can be the hero and the villain all within a 24-hour shift,” he said. “The bottom line is, I make no excuses for what I think is right. I’ve...
    On Tuesday, August 16, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. Getting the massive $750 billion climate change/economic/health care package past the finish line was not easy; no Republicans voted for it in the U.S. Senate, and getting Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on board took a lot of maneuvering. But ultimately, the bill made it to Biden’s desk in the White House Oval office for approval — much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators who were disappointed that Manchin and Sinema supported it. Some progressives have been complaining that Manchin watered the bill down and that Sinema watered it down even more, arguing that Sinema, in 2024, deserves a Democratic primary challenge from the left — which could be risky in Arizona, a swing state that isn’t the bastion of Goldwater conservatism it once was but is still far from deep blue like Massachusetts or California. Many Democratic strategists, meanwhile, view the Inflation Reduction Act as something that incumbent Democrats...
    Anything else? The media agree with Harwood. After Biden signed the so-called Inflation Reduction Act into law, media outlets immediately ceased describing the new law as one that will help Americans who are struggling financially because of the inflation crisis. Instead, the bill suddenly became about health care, climate, and taxes. New York Times: "Biden Signs Expansive Health, Climate and Tax Law" Washington Post: "Biden signs sweeping bill to tackle climate change, lower health-care costs" Axios: "Biden signs Democrats' $740 billion tax, climate and health care bill into law" NBC News: "Biden signs major climate, health care and tax bill into law" Bloomberg: "Biden Signs $437 Billion Tax-Climate Bill in a Long-Sought Democratic Win" Despite this, Manchin remains supportive of the law and has even admitted the supposed inflationary benefits — which the Congressional Budget Office said would be negligible at best — will not be passed on to Americans any time soon.
    Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME The pivotal role played by Bill Gates in securing the support of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for the Inflation Reduction Act is detailed in a new Bloomberg report, which revealed the billionaire offered a “pep talk” to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) amid negotiations and has been “wooing” Manchin on climate change spending since 2019. “One of the world’s richest men felt he had to give one of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers a little pep talk,” Bloomberg reported about Gates’ call to Schumer amid negotiations on the legislation. According to the report by Akshat Rathi and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Gates began “wooing” Manchin and other senators he felt would be essential to passing climate change legislation over a meal in 2019. Amid negotiations on the Inflation Reduction Act, Gates met with Manchin in July at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho where Manchin expressed his concerns about the bill. “We had a talk about what was missing, what needed to be done and then after that it was a lot of phone calls,” Gates said....
    President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House on Tuesday, injecting $473billion of new spending on climate and healthcare amid concerns it will do little to reduce inflation. Biden thanked Joe Manchin, the moderate Democratic senator who killed his initial Build Back Better package and finally signed on to the new legislation after months of negotiations - including the guarantee of a gas pipeline in his home state of West Virginia.  Republicans have criticized the bill, claiming it will lead to taxes on middle class Americans and will do little to help reduce soaring costs.  'Joe, I never had a doubt,' he told the Democrat at a signing ceremony, where Biden hailed the measure as a tool to take on the special interests. Biden, who wore a mask after first lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID, called it a 'historic moment' and bashed Republicans for voting in unison against it. 'For a while, people doubted whether any of it would happen,' he told Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, who helped forge the final deal with Manchin.  Schumer...
    Although centrist Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has been a frequent source of frustration for her party’s progressive wing — not unlike Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — she has her share of admirers among independents, libertarians and Never Trump conservatives. Sinema is on very friendly terms with the McCain family, including anti-Trump GOP activists Cindy McCain (the late Sen. John McCain’s widow) and Meghan McCain (Sen. McCain’s daughter). And her defenders have argued that if Sinema faces a primary challenge in 2024 and Arizona Democrats nominate a staunch liberal or progressive instead of her, they run the risk of putting that U.S. Senate seat back in Republican hands. But in an article published by the Daily Beast on August 12, reporter Sam Brodey lays out some reasons why a primary challenge is becoming increasingly “likely” for Sinema. “In the last year,” Brodey explains, “Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) hasn’t missed many opportunities to stick it to her own party — becoming, quite literally, the embodiment of a thumbs-down to the most treasured agenda items for Democrats. That...
    House Democrats are set to pass the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, securing a huge win for the party and President Joe Biden’s agenda just months before the midterm elections in November. After more than a year of intraparty clashes and doubts about whether the spending legislation would make it through Congress, the vote on Friday is expected to be drama-free and without surprises. Democrats from all corners of the party have praised the bill for taking aggressive climate action, lowering medical costs, and decreasing the deficit, while Republicans blasted it as irresponsible to pass such a large spending bill during a recession. THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT The vote comes less than a week after the Senate passed the bill on Sunday following an intense, all-night series of votes. The legislation’s future has been unclear over the last year as Senate Democrats sought to get centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on board. However, it’s likely the vote on Friday will pass without any defections from House Democrats....
    (CNN)It took just days for Democrats in the Senate to introduce and then approve $370 billion of climate-change spending, part of the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign shortly after the House passes it. But clearing the necessary red tape to spend a cent of that money building any climate-related projects will in many cases take years. Welcome to America's horrendous process for issuing building permits, made famous by former President Barack Obama's lament as his administration struggled to spend stimulus dollars during the Great Recession: "There's no such thing as shovel-ready projects."Oren CassThe most onerous step for a major endeavor comes in the form of the environmental impact statement, which a federal agency must prepare whenever it takes action on or approves a project that will significantly impact the environment, as mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. These statements take years to complete and run hundreds or thousands of pages. Upon completion, they instantly become targets for lawsuits from parties that want to stall a project's progress by claiming some issue...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer got fellow Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to do something few have done before: vote along Democratic Party lines. Some are calling it the Manchin-Schumer bill, and even Schumer wasn’t sure it would happen until the end. “He has different views on a lot of things, and when he backed out the week before, well, as he said it, we let the dogs loose,” Schumer explains on the latest episode of The New Abnormal podcast. Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. So what nudged Manchin in their favor? Schumer thinks his colleague’s decision came down to climate change guilt he didn’t want to live with. “People were saying, ‘Joe Manchin, you could be the one person who’s standing in the way of dealing with global warming. And if you don’t, you could be the person who destroyed the globe. And he felt that. He felt that,” says Schumer. Chuck also tells co-host Molly Jong-Fast why his flip phone is his secret weapon, how he is the...
    Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM CARMICHAEL: It’s interesting, Michael, to listen to the Democrats, and especially Joe Manchin. Especially Joe Manchin’s claim that they have not raised taxes on people making under $400,000. Now, I want to tell you what the … federal program that administers, that looks at the effects of legislation on taxes. It says that 97 percent of people making between $100,000 and $200,000 will see a tax increase. It says 91 percent of people making between $75,000 and $100,000 will see a tax increase, 61 percent of people making between $40,000 and $50,000, and 24 percent of people making between $10,000 and $12,000. But let me say this. They’re wrong in this sense. One hundred percent of everybody making over $10,000 – in fact, 100 percent of everybody making anything – will see a...
    The Washington Examiner's Kaylee McGhee White claimed Monday that "the facts are stacked against Manchin and Biden on this bill," referring to the Inflation Reduction Act that passed the Senate on Sunday. The bill passed after a 51-50 party-line vote and a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris. "The fact is that we’ve experienced two consecutive quarters of economic contraction, which has both investors and consumers worried," White explained. "Another fact is that this bill will do absolutely nothing to reduce inflation in the short term and and might actually worsen it in the long term." RON DESANTIS TO HOLD RALLIES IN KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES TO SUPPORT GOP CANDIDATES "And the most important fact is that this bill is going to raise taxes on middle- and working-class Americans," she said. "If you’re making between $50,000 and $100,000 per year, you’re looking at paying more than $2,400 over the next several years because of the bill." "So nothing about this makes sense. And, of course, Americans aren’t going to be happy with...
    The Senate is poised to commence debate on the passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. Both Republicans and Democrats will be given about 10 hours each to debate the issue at hand, though Democrats are not expected to use much of theirs. After debate concludes, the Senate will vote on the bill — likely sometime Sunday. Then the bill will head to the House, which is expected to return Aug. 12 to vote on it, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). From there, it will need President Joe Biden's signature to go into effect. PARLIAMENTARIAN APPROVES ENERGY AND DRUG PRICE PROVISIONS IN INFLATION REDUCTION ACT Long presumed dead as a doornail in the upper chamber, Democrats' social spending ambitions were revived in late July when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he struck a surprise deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Moderate members such as Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) had long stymied Democratic efforts to pass their social spending agenda. This week, Sinema announced she had signed on to the...
    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...
    Senate Democrats reportedly have an unspoken agreement to avoid testing for COVID-19 because their hopes of passing the Inflation Reduction Act depend on all 50 members being present in the chamber in the days ahead. Senators have adopted the attitude that the COVID-19 testing protocols Democrats previously touted as necessary should not stand in the way of a major and much-needed legislative win, according to Puck News. When asked by the Washington Examiner about the report, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed to comments he made last week. DEMOCRATS WILL SLIT THEIR OWN POLITICAL THROATS IF THEY PASS THE MANCHIN-SCHUMER BILL Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer answers one final question before leaving after a news conference. Mariam Zuhaib/AP A reporter asked Schumer at the time: "On the health question, I mean, you guys have full attendance for the first time since June this week. If one of you gets COVID, are you guys going to stick around? Is there a plan B?" Schumer replied, "We're not talking about a plan B. We're going to stay...
    To accommodate the West Virginia senator, Democratic leadership agreed to legislation streamlining permits for the often-stalled Mountain Valley Pipeline and removing jurisdiction from a court that keeps ruling against the project. From his Summers County, West Virginia, farmhouse, Mark Jarrell can see the Greenbrier River and, beyond it, the ridge that marks the Virginia border. Jarrell moved here nearly 20 years ago for peace and quiet. But the last few years have been anything but serene, as he and his neighbors have fought against the construction of a huge natural gas pipeline. This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Mountain State Spotlight. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like this one as soon as they are published. Jarrell and many others along the path of the partially finished Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia fear that it may contaminate rural streams and cause erosion or even landslides. By filing lawsuits over the potential impacts on water, endangered species and public forests, they have exposed flaws in the project’s permit applications and pushed...
    The so-called "side deal" negotiated by Sen. Joe Manchin and the Democratic leadership faced growing backlash from climate organizations on Thursday after a draft copy of the legislation confirmed that the proposal would help accelerate approval of fossil fuel projects, potentially including a fracked gas pipeline running through West Virginia. On Wednesday, Bloomberg obtained a copy of draft legislative language that has been circulating among lawmakers and lobbyists. The document is watermarked "Draft — API," the acronym for the American Petroleum Institute, an influential oil and gas industry lobbying group. Bloomberg noted that "API has had discussions with Manchin staff about the permitting overhaul, and the July 19 date of the document lines up with those discussions, Frank J. Macchiarola, the organization's senior vice president of policy, economics, and regulatory affairs, said in an interview." Macchiarola told the outlet that API—whose members include ExxonMobil, Chevron, and other oil giants that stand to benefit from the deal—didn't "write or edit" the draft. The side agreement was reached as part of Democrats' effort to win Manchin's support for the Inflation Reduction Act,...
    All Senate eyes are on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Senate Democrats are continuing their negotiations with Sinema, a member of their caucus, on a healthcare, tax, and climate spending bill that would need only 51 votes to pass due to the chamber's budget rules, rather than the usual 60 votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster by Republicans. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) struck the deal last week on what became the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The bill has the support of the rest of the Democrats in the Senate, who have a majority in the 50-50 chamber due to Vice President Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote. Republicans also are trying to sway Sinema away from supporting the bill as she seeks changes to the legislative text. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN KILLED IN HORROR HEAD-ON CAR CRASH The bill is a scaled-back alternative to Build Back Better, a sweeping social spending and green energy bill that Manchin sunk last year when he objected to its price tag and raised concerns over inflation....
    The Manchin-Schumer bill would expand tax credits for electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada, a provision meant to ease production and fulfill climate goals that comes at the expense of domestic labor interests. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 expands the $7,500 EV tax credit to all North American manufacturers, doing away with an earlier plan that would have limited the tax credit to U.S.-made EVs. The changes in the new deal reached by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were praised by Canadian officials. They also come after an intense lobbying effort from Canada’s lobbying interests on Capitol Hill — as well as from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who directly pressed President Joe Biden to make the changes during his visit to the White House last November. By cutting Canada out of the picture, industry officials argued, U.S. lawmakers would have risked hampering domestic production in a short-sighted effort to nationalize EV manufacturing. In excluding Canada from EV production as it tries to start an manufacturing “race with China,”...
    Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is voicing his concerns about the latest controversy surrounding centrist Democratic lawmakers Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-Va.). As Democrats work to pass another large package, Manchin has reportedly agreed to approximately $790 billion, it is still unclear whether Sinema will agree or not. To Reich, it appears both lawmakers enjoy the spotlight they receive through the suspense of their decisions. "It’s been joked that the word 'politics' is derived from the Latin 'poli,' meaning 'many,' and 'ticks,' meaning small blood-sucking insects. I don’t hold such a cynical view," Reich wrote. "But I do know from 50 years’ experience in and around Washington that most of the people who serve in our nation’s capital have very, very large – shall we say? – egos." READ MORE: 'Divorced from reality': Robert Reich breaks down just how delusional GOP lawmakers have become about Jan. 6 Recalling Manchin's actions on Sunday, July 31, Reich wrote, Manchin made the rounds of all five Sunday morning talk shows. "He thereby achieved what’s known as...
    Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has long been a political wildcard in the U.S. Senate, sometimes voting with fellow Democrats and sometimes voting with Republicans. Like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Manchin has been a frequent source of frustration to the liberal/progressive wing of his party. But Republican hardliners have been furious with Manchin for working out a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and agreeing to support the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a $369 billion climate change/economic/health care package. The Daily Beast’s Sam Brodey, in an article published on August 3, stresses that thanks to Manchin’s deal with Schumer, GOP hardliners have suddenly gone from “praising” Manchin as the Democratic Party’s voice of reason to comparing him to progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “It’s taken years for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to become the GOP’s favorite Democrat in the Senate, with Republicans recently praising him for no less than ‘saving the country’ and ‘the American way of life’ over his refusal to go along with much of his party’s agenda,” Brodey reports. “And...
    It’s taken years for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to become the GOP’s favorite Democrat in the Senate, with Republicans recently praising him for no less than “saving the country” and “the American way of life” over his refusal to go along with much of his party’s agenda. And it took just one afternoon for Republicans to turn on West Virginia’s wildcard senator and cast him as just another acolyte of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. Last week, Manchin did the one thing Republicans—and some Democrats—all thought he wouldn’t do: He struck a deal. Only minutes after the Senate passed a high-tech manufacturing bill—one that Republicans had threatened to hold up if Manchin miraculously did reach an agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a climate, health-care and tax measure—Manchin and Schumer announced they had done the unthinkable. And suddenly, the senator who the GOP once praised for preventing the country from going down a road to ruin had, in their view, suddenly hopped into the driver’s seat—and had done so sneakily. On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—who last year...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell multiple times Tuesday as she asked him if he intends to support another White House bid for President Joe Biden in 2024. At one point during an interview about the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia shouted he was finished with questions about the issue. On Andrea Mitchell Reports, the host changed the subject from legislation to Manchin’s relationships with fellow Democrats. She cited recent interviews in which the senator has been hesitant to support members of his own party. “Let me ask you to expand on something you were discussing with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday, where you said – you did not say whether you would back Democrats in the midterms. You said you would decide based on individual candidates,” Mitchel said. She asked, “Would you support Joe Biden if he’s on the ticket in 2024 as the democratic president seeking re-election?” Manchin did not appear pleased by the question. “Let me make it very, very clear,” he said.  “This is the most,...
    U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) dismantled the false claims of a top Fox News host who claimed the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act legislation will raise taxes on Americans making under $400,000 a year. “That’s a lie. That is a pure outright lie,” the West Virginia Democratic Senator told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Tuesday when she claimed, “I’m saying Americans $400,000 and below now are going to be taxed.” That $400,000 number is critical to Fox News. It refers to a campaign promise President Joe Biden made before the election, stating his economic plan would not raise taxes on couples making $400,000 or less, ever. “We got to know the bottom line on taxes,” Faulkner told Manchin, after Fox News and Republicans have been making false claims about the bill. READ MORE: ‘I’ve Never Been a Liberal’ Declares Joe Manchin as He Announces He Will Support Less Than Half of Biden’s Agenda NBC 4 New York last week dove into the legislation, reporting: “The bill sticks with Biden’s original pledge not to raise taxes on families or businesses making less than...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sparred on Tuesday over whether or not his landmark bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, will actually reduced inflation. “Everybody’s focused on inflation right now. Every poll shows it. So, you know, I’m looking at the Penn Wharton budget model, which you, senator, have been known to watch, it examined the details of the Schumer-Manchin deal,” Faulkner began questioning after an introduction. “And actually, it said something very different than you just said. It said that the impact on inflation, this is a quote, ‘The impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero through 2031.’ Penn Wharton modelers are saying we don’t agree with those who think deficit reduction will lead in a straight line to lowering future inflation,” Faulkner added, asking Manchin: But that’s what the Democrats claim for their bill. So it can’t, so both things can’t be true. And this is something that they’re studying. So are you wrong or are you not giving all, all of the hard truth to Americans about what this is going to...
    Although Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been a frequent source of frustration to the liberal/progressive wing of his party — not unlike Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — many Never Trump conservatives and independents hold him in high regard. And the centrist generally gets along well with non-MAGA Republicans in the U.S. Senate such as Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah. But far-right MAGA Republicans are another matter, and according to Politico’s Burgess Everett, GOP hardliners in West Virginia are hoping that 2024 will be the year in which Manchin is voted out of office. “Sen. Joe Manchin is on the verge of giving Democrats a long-awaited energy, tax and health care law,” Everett explains in an article published by Politico on August 2. “Republicans will get a chance to serve their revenge cold in two years. In a potential 2024 race, the West Virginia Democrat would face his state’s conservative voters for what Republicans are already hoping to turn into a referendum on Manchin’s party-line deal...
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced Monday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, then used the opportunity to slam the budget 'reconciliation' bill Democrats plan to bring to a vote this week.  'After dodging it for 2+ years I've tested positive for COVID-19. I'm fully vaccinated and boosted, and doing fine,' wrote Cornyn, who was instrumental in helping forge a bipartisan gun safety bill that President Biden signed into law – even while drawing the ire of gun enthusiasts and being labeled a 'RINO' by former President Donald Trump. 'While quarantining I'll continue to fight Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin's massive tax increase on working families remotely, consistent with CDC guidelines,' wrote Manchin. 'While quarantining I'll continue to fight Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin's massive tax increase on working families remotely,' Sen. John Cornyn wrote, bashing political opponents while revealing he tested positive for COVID-19 He was blasting the Manchin-Schumer deal, which raises $737 billion in revenue, dedicates about $300 billion to deficit reduction, and spends $433 billion on climate and energy programs and Affordable Care Act subsidies. He continued...
    Senate Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 would raise federal taxes for Americans in every income bracket, according to a nonpartisan study shared by Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. If the projection proves true, it would cast doubt on President Joe Biden's promise to not raise taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 per year. The study by the Joint Committee on Taxation found that taxpayers bringing in less than $200,000 per year would see their taxes raised by $16.7 billion over a decade. But the study speculates about the effect of the package's 15 percent minimum corporate tax rate, which it suggests could be passed off onto workers and shareholders. It also factors in possible effects on the stock market that would affect company shareholders and people who rely on pensions and other similar funds.  The JCT states that the minimum corporate tax would bring in more than $300 billion over a decade. While the bill is not directly hiking the tax rate for Americans making less than $400,000, the indirect increases that the JCT anticipates has been enough...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) took a victory lap on Sunday on the heels of his surprise deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, explaining just why he agreed to it: he was tired of getting yelled at. “I didn’t want to go through the drama that eight months ago... we went through for so long,” Manchin told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, one of five Sunday TV appearances he made on his explanation-turned-adulation tour. Manchin was referring to his public tanking of Build Back Better, President Joe Biden’s once-marquee domestic bill. It was that tanking that made Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, wary of working with Manchin again. “Here we go again,” Manchin recalled Schumer saying when, at one point in negotiations, Manchin said he brought up waiting for July’s inflation numbers. It was also partly why he didn’t include Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in the talks, he said. Sinema said after the deal came out that she would review the bill, but she has not yet released any public statement of support. “I didn’t want...
    Sen. Joe Manchin in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his staff told Democratic leadership on Thursday that he's not willing to support major climate and tax provisions in a sweeping Biden agenda bill, according to a Democrat briefed on the conversations.Tom Williams | Cq-roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V., made the morning talk show rounds on Sunday to talk about the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a revival of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better economic bill that collapsed earlier this year. The inflation bill, which Democrats are attempting to pass through reconciliation, aims to reform the tax code, cut health-care costs and fight climate change. It will invest more than $400 billion over a decade by closing tax loopholes, mostly on the largest and richest American corporations. It would also reduce the deficit by $300 billion in the same decade-long timeframe. "This is all about fighting inflation," Manchin told Jonathan Karl on Sunday's "This Week" on ABC. Manchin insisted that the bill isn't a spending bill, but...
    Joe Manchin went to bat for his reconciliation bill Sunday by doing something called the 'full Ginsburg' – meaning he went on all five major networks' morning shows over the weekend. The moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia appeared on CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, ABC's This Week program, CBS News' Face the Nation and NBC's Meet the Press. He is only the 31st major newsmaker to complete this feat. The message was similar across the board – that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will decrease inflation and not raise taxes on the average American household. But the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released a report estimating that taxes will increase on Americans. In addition, the report found that more than half of the tax increases are on those making less than $400,000 per year – rather than the top earners. 'I'm just going to fight like the dickens to make sure this piece of legislation gives us relief and fights inflation and is great for America,' Manchin said in his appearance on Fox.  The...
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) had no kind words on Sunday for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s surprise decision to back a reconciliation bill set to revive Democrats’ domestic agenda. “It really looks to me like Joe Manchin has been taken to the cleaners,” Toomey told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union, attacking the bill’s provisions on corporate taxes, health-care subsidies, and climate change funds. “And what does Joe get for this? He gets the promise that someday in the future, they’ll pass some kind of legislation about energy infrastructure,” he said. “So this is a disaster. This is going to make our recession worse. It’s gonna make inflation worse. It’s not going to do any good. I’m really surprised that Joe agreed to this.” Toomey’s criticism mirrored that of several of his Republican colleagues after Manchin revealed his surprise support for the Inflation Reduction Act last week, a $700 billion bill that partly funds some of President Joe Biden’s top domestic priorities on climate and the corporate tax rate. Some within the GOP, who worked with Democrats on a...
    The momentary thaw in the icy relationship between the Democratic party and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is likely over. Despite reaching an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a reconciliation bill this week, Manchin now sure to incur the full wrath of his party — and the adulation of moderates — following his latest comments on the 2022 election. In a stunning exchange on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, the West Virginia Senator — under pointed grilling from NBC’s Chuck Todd — refused to say that he wanted his own party to win the midterm elections. “Do you hope Democrats keep control of the House and Senate?” Todd asked Manchin. “I think people are sick and tired of politics, Chuck,” Manchin replied. “I really do. I think they’re sick and tired of Democrats and Republicans fighting and feuding and holding pieces of legislation hostage because they didn’t get what they wanted, or something or someone might get credit for something. Why don’t we start doing something for our country? Why don’t we just...
    by Harold Hutchison   Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the latest prominent Democrat to decline to endorse President Joe Biden should he run for re-election in 2024 during an interview on Chris Cuomo’s podcast Thursday. “If Joe Biden runs again and he is the Democratic nominee, depending on who the Republican nominee is, we will just have to wait and see,” Manchin told Chris Cuomo on the latter’s podcast, according to WBOY. “I am not predicting anything or how I would support or not support, or get involved or not. But I can tell you this, whoever the elected president is – Democrat, Republican, independent – every one of us should pray they succeed.” In today’s exclusive with Sen. Joe Manchin…he’s refusing to back President Biden for a second term in ‘24. Watch now: https://t.co/I2mYPtu9XG — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) July 28, 2022 “I don’t think I have ever heard a sitting senator that is a member of a party not automatically say: ‘Oh yeah, the sitting president is in my party, I’m for them,’” Cuomo said in...
    Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Thursday that he didn't want President Joe Biden to run for a second term.  'No,' Phillips replied when asked by WCCO-AM's Chad Hartman if he would support Biden in 2024. 'I think the country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up.'  Phillips, who represents Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, offered the most candid critique of Biden's political future from any Democratic lawmaker thus far.  The 79-year-old president has seen his once solid approval ratings slip away - and Republicans have made his advanced age an issue.  They've capitalized on Biden's verbal stumbles and his literal ones too - like a recent bike spill during a trip to Rehoboth Beach.  Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Thursday that he didn't want President Joe Biden to run for a second term 'I have respect for Joe Biden. I think he has - despite some mistakes and some missteps, despite his age, I think he's a man of decency, of good principle, of compassion, of empathy, and of strength,' Phillips said. 'But to...
    A deal between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a healthcare, tax, and climate proposal, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, has cast a new spotlight on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who is the only unclear Senate Democratic vote on the legislation. MCCONNELL CAUGHT FLAT-FOOTED WITH SURPRISE SCHUMER-MANCHIN DEAL The bill is a scaled-back alternative to Build Back Better, a sweeping social spending and green energy bill that Manchin killed last year when he objected to its price tag and raised concerns over inflation. Sinema also did not support the previous version of the bill. The deal on a revamped measure was announced by Manchin just hours after the Senate passed the bipartisan CHIPS Act on Wednesday, aimed at helping the United States microprocessing industry compete against China. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had previously threatened to tank that measure if Democrats pursued a reconciliation bill, which requires a bare Senate majority for passage, rather than 60 votes. Senate and House Democrats expressed surprise and cautious optimism, while...
    Trevor Noah isn’t quite ready to break out the champagne and celebrate the Senate Democrats’ out-of-nowhere deal on climate and tax reform. “I can’t believe it,” The Daily Show host said Wednesday night after sharing the big news out of Washington. “Joe Manchin decided to vote for a bill? Which means Democrats might actually get something done?? Am I dreaming? And if so, what a boring dream!” “And also, what a week for Joe Biden!” he added. “First he defeated COVID, then he defeated low expectations.” The host went on to say that he thinks these new developments have taught us all an “important lesson,” explaining, “Everyone was so mad at Joe Manchin, calling him names, letting their anger take over, writing him off as a villain…and it worked, nice job, everyone.” Noah admitted that even if the so-called Inflation Reduction Act isn’t everything that progressives, and even Biden, wanted, it is still a “pretty big deal” and potentially a “huge win for the Democrats.” “But, obviously, please remember, this is the Democratic Party,” he added. “So there...
    (CNN)It was the middle of the night in Saudi Arabia when word emerged from Washington that President Joe Biden's long-stalled domestic agenda was dead. Again.The culprit was familiar. Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate West Virginia Democrat, was balking at what effect the massive climate, tax and social safety net plan might have on inflation. In Jeddah, where Biden was convening fraught meetings with Saudi leaders, the news was met with frustration and anger but not surprise.Thirteen days, two Covid infections and a few bitter arguments later, fortunes have shifted. Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer shocked most of Washington on Wednesday when they announced, after restarting their negotiations in secret four days after they fell apart, an agreement on a version of Biden's long-stalled climate, energy and tax agenda.It's less than half the size of Biden's original Build Back Better bill, and Manchin made sure to emphasize that name had been scrapped. Republicans are uniformly opposed, and certain Democrats in both the Senate and House have yet sign on, making the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 anything but a...
    Moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin played coy when asked if he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.  'You know, we'll just have to wait and see, I'm not predicting anything,' Manchin told fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who now hosts a podcast entitled, the Chris Cuomo project. Manchin first said the voters would have to decide before landing on that answer.  'I believe that basically the people will make a decision state by state and the people in my state will not support a national Democratic figure right now that I can see,' said Manchin, whose West Virginia hasn't voted for a Democrat since President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election.  Moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin played coy when asked if he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed Sen. Joe Manchin for a new episdoe of his podcast, the Chris Cuomo Project  President Joe Biden praised Sen. Joe Manchin - and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer - for putting together a deal for a Senate reconciliation bill  Details...
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin expertly dodged a question regarding the possibility of President Joe Biden running for a second term from “free agent” Chris Cuomo during a recent podcast interview. During Thursday’s episode of The Chris Cuomo Project, Cuomo asked, “Do you believe the president has earned a second term?” “I believe that basically the people will make a decision state by state and the people in my state will not support a national democratic figure right now that I can see,” Manchin said. “I asked YOU, what do YOU say to them?” Cuomo pressed. “What would I say to them is pick the person — I know Joe Biden to be a good person. Okay. Now from the leadership it’s gonna depend. I think that the, the policy or lack of an energy policy is very, very detrimental to our country,” Manchin replied. “I’m disagreeing on that with him. I’m fighting on that. I think that the, uh, inflation that we have right now, there’s blame for everybody, but basically blame that we didn’t see it coming and didn’t...
    With time running out on the clock on the Democrats’ domination of Congress, Joe Manchin shocked the Washington political world on Wednesday. After months of stymying Democrats’ efforts to pass the massive spending bill, Build Back Better—the West Virginia moderate Democratic senator agreed to salvage the deal, effectively making BBB an energy and healthcare bill. The political cognoscenti responded by saying “Holy s--t,” and wondering “why now?” and “what changed?” Manchin previously insisted the deal wasn’t dead, but said he would wait until the July inflation numbers were out before deciding (that data will be released next month). Regardless, most observers saw that promise as just another tease from a senator whose maneuvers have been compared to Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. So why did Manchin finally come around? Larry Summers—Bill Clinton’s former Treasury Secretary and the oracle of inflation—recently met with Manchin, presumably to assure him that this deal would help, not hurt. But there are other, parochial interests, too. West Virginia has a large senior population (and, sadly, an unhealthy one) who would benefit...
    President Joe Biden had bold predictions for the economy if Congress passed the reconciliation bill announced Wednesday by moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Chuck Schumer.  'My message to Congress is this: This is the bill you can pass to lower inflation, cut the deficit, reduce healthcare costs, tackle the climate change and promote energy security - all the time while reducing the burdens facing working class and middle class families,' Biden said.  'So pass it, pass it for the American people, pass it for America,' he added.  He called the package 'a big deal,' and walked through some of the provisions - a mix of healthcare savings measure, green energy initiatives, tax code changes and a deficit reduction push.  'This package will reduce the federal deficit by over $300 billion,' Biden touted.  President Joe Biden had bold predictions for the economy if Congress passed the reconciliation bill announced Wednesday by moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Chuck Schumer Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday they had come to...
    President Joe Biden touted the inflation-fighting and climate-securing potential of the latest reconciliation bill on Thursday, all while repeating the administration's defense of why the United States has not entered a recession. Biden delivered his comments a day after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced their legislation, which spun out of months of negotiations on the president's Build Back Better proposals, just hours after the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the U.S. GDP shrank by 0.9% in the second quarter of 2022. THIS IS JOE BIDEN'S RECESSION — WHETHER HE'LL ADMIT IT OR NOT Despite Thursday's report marking the second consecutive quarter of negative GDP growth, which is one but not the only traditional definition of a recession, the administration has claimed the economy is in a transition, citing a historically strong labor market, manufacturing growth, and new domestic investments in America. "Both Chairman Powell and many of the significant banking personnel and economists say we're not in a recession," Biden said near the tail end of his remarks before ticking off what...
    The Inflation Reduction Act endorsed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) includes up to $250 billion in loan funding for the Department of Energy, according to the text of the bill, a major boost for the department's efforts to back clean energy technologies and electric vehicle manufacturing. Though it is unclear where exactly at the Department of Energy the funds would be directed, the investment is significant nonetheless — representing a large share of the legislation, which includes $369 billion in direct funding to combat climate change and bolster clean energy initiatives in the United States. The legislation, if passed, will be the largest climate bill in the nation’s history and includes billions in funding directed to energy security and climate change programs over the next 10 years, including subsidies in domestic production and manufacturing, according to a summary released by Democrats. MANCHIN DEAL WOULD BRING BACK CANCELED OFFSHORE LEASE SALES It is unclear whether the funds would be funneled directly to the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, which offers direct loan and loan guarantees for...