Manchin energy proposal picks up key GOP vote but still faces tough path to passage


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Sen. Joe Manchin picked up a key Republican vote for attaching his energy reform proposal to a government funding bill Thursday in the form of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito – but it’s still not clear if it has enough support to pass. 

Capito, R-W.Va., told reporters that the details of bill from Manchin, D-W.Va., in support of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project in their home state were key for her. She said she supports the bill and supports including it on an upcoming “continuing resolution” bill to fund the government. 

Congress must pass a funding bill by the end of next week or else trigger a government shutdown.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., calls on a reporter during a press conference about Democrats’ reconciliation bill. 
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MANCHIN RELEASES ENERGY PERMITTING BILL, HOPES GOP, DEMS RALLY AROUND IT

But Manchin’s bill still faces an unclear road ahead, with some Democrats and many Republicans opposing it for differing reasons. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., opposes speeding along new energy projects. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., opposes the special language in the bill supporting the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and many Republicans are opposing Manchin’s bill – despite generally supporting permitting reform – because it was tied to a deal for his vote on Democrats’ social spending and taxation bill from last month. 

“It’s possible but they’re not ogling to get nearly enough,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told Fox News Digital when asked if she thinks more Republicans besides Capito will back Manchin’s bill. “I prefer Sen. Capito’s version.”

Ernst is the vice chair of the Senate GOP conference. 

UNITED STATES - May 26: Ranking member Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., speaks during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup.

UNITED STATES – May 26: Ranking member Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., speaks during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup.
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SCHUMER, MANCHIN INSIST ON ENERGY PERMITTING VOTE AS OPPSOITION MOUNTS 

Many other Republicans said they are so far undecided on voting for a continuing resolution with Manchin’s bill. The West Virginia senator released the 91-page legislation Wednesday night. 

Sens. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John Boozman, R-Ark., all told reporters they are undecided on the legislation Thursday. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she disapproves of doing major policy changes like permitting reform on a continuing resolution, but has not outright opposed it. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Tuesday insisted that Sen Joe Manchin's permitting reform bill will be in the continuing resolution and that it will pass. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Tuesday insisted that Sen Joe Manchin’s permitting reform bill will be in the continuing resolution and that it will pass. 
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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said Thursday he has concerns about Manchin’s bill. 

Sen Steve Daines, R-Mont., meanwhile told Fox News Digital that Capito’s support doesn’t change his opposition. 

“She has her own issue with West Virginia there with the pipeline, and we understand that,” Daines said. He emphasized a part of the Clean Water Act known as Section 401 that he said Manchin’s bill does not go “far enough” to change. 



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