Energy and Environment – Schumer tries to keep Manchin’s deal alive, avoid shutdown

Majority Leader Charles Schumer is trying to find a way to make good on his promise to Senator Joe Manchin while avoiding a government shutdown. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is making energy investments.

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Schumer tries to keep Manchin’s deal, avoid shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DNY) is looking for a way to avoid a government shutdown next week while also delivering on his promise to Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va) to pass the reform permit before October.

Several Republican senators say they would vote against the government funding measure if the Manchin bill included reform, and a group of Democrats is pressing Schumer to dismiss the ongoing resolution and allow reform.

That means Schumer likely falls short of the 60 votes he needs to overcome the expected disruption of a short-term government funding decision that also includes Mansion reform legislation, which would alter the federal approval process for energy projects.

  • Schumer Mansion has promised that it will include allowing reform in the temporary funding measure, which must pass by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown.
  • The Democratic leader appears committed – at least until this week – to collecting votes.

When asked Thursday if he was confident that Manchin’s reform proposal allowing it would stay in the short-term funding decision, Schumer replied curtly: “Yes.”

Republicans say that means Schumer and Manchin will have to make major changes to the reform bill to get more GOP votes.

But any concessions to Republicans would further anger environmental justice groups resentful of Schumer’s promise to pass permit reforms in order to secure Manchin’s support for a comprehensive climate, tax and drug reform bill last month.

“The thing that always helps get legislation moving [is] If people are willing to take good and constructive suggestions. “That’s what I’ve been telling these guys for two weeks,” Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said. “We will see if they are interested in making some changes. This is always a way to get more votes.”

  • Some Democrats are already making the argument that if Schumer puts the ongoing Manchin resolution to the floor and fails, he will have made good on his promise to Manchin, who won the West Virginia senator’s support for the inflation-reduction law.
  • “Sen. Schumer promised to vote for Senator Manchin on a bill that must pass and we will take that vote,” said Senate Democrat Dick Durbin (Illinois), who noted that Manchin did not know how many Republican votes he would get for his proposal.

count the votes

Schumer and Manchin would have to find more than 10 Republican votes because Senators Bernie Sanders (1st) and Tim Kaine (Democrats of Virginia) indicated they would vote against the ongoing resolution if it included Manchin’s proposal for reform.

Senators Jeff Merkley (Democrat), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (DNJ), Tammy Duckworth (Democrat), Chris Van Hollen (Democrat) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) also expressed concerns, but they did not go to So far as to say they will vote against government funding.

Some GOP support, but will it be enough? Manchin received good news Thursday when his state Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va) announced that she would vote for his reform bill. She cited the approval of the Mountain Valley pipeline as a major factor.

At least a few Republican senators could follow Capito’s lead. These swing votes include Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Todd Young (India) and Mitt Romney (Utah).

Read more about the state of play here, from The Hill’s Alexander Bolton.

energy investment group

  • The Department of Energy said Friday that a group of countries will meet to allocate $94 billion to demonstrate emerging clean energy technologies. She said the United States will allocate $21.9 billion to the effort, while other participants include Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. .
  • The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will take steps to launch a $7 billion effort to develop regional “hubs” aimed at hydrogen energy development. These hubs will focus specifically on hydrogen that comes from renewable energy sources, nuclear fuels, or fossil fuels whose emissions are captured by carbon capture technology.

Next week


  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is set to hold a previously postponed vote on nominees including Joseph Goffman, who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Aviation and Radiation, as well as candidates for the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors.
  • The EPW will also hold a hearing on the reauthorization of a program called Brownfields aimed at cleaning up pollution


  • The House Climate Crisis Committee will hold a hearing on climate investments in the Inflation Reduction Act
  • The Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on cleaning up the abandoned mine


  • The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on rebuilding Puerto Rico and the power grid

what we read

  • World Bank leader’s climate initiatives ‘going slow’ (E&E News)
  • Thousands demand ‘climate compensation and justice’ in global protests (The Guardian)
  • California moves to ban natural gas furnaces and heaters by 2030 (Los Angeles Times)

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