- Sen. Joe Manchin said that securing sweeping climate legislation to safeguard the planet requires electing more progressives—unlike him—in 2022.
- Manchin is the Senate’s top recipient of fossil fuel industry cash, so he has pressured his party to water down the reconciliation bill that contains climate legislation.
- “I’ve never been a liberal in any way,” Manchin reminded reporters. “All we need to do, I guess, for them to get theirs… is elect more liberals.”
“Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that securing sweeping climate legislation to safeguard the planet for future generations requires electing more progressives—unlike him—in 2022.
The corporate Democrat’s assertion came as he announced to a crowd of reporters that his topline number for the broad reconciliation bill is $1.5 trillion—a fraction of the $3.5 trillion demanded by progressive lawmakers for the 10-year Build Back Better plan that includes investments to strengthen the safety net and tackle the climate emergency.
Manchin (D-W.Va.), the Senate’s top recipient of fossil fuel industry cash, has pushed his party to water down the reconciliation bill, and he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have obstructed the package’s passage.
The $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill, favored by Manchin and criticized by climate campaigners, is facing a tentative vote in the House on Thursday. But progressives have continued to demand congressional passage of the broader reconcilation bill first, before the bipartisan bill faces a vote…”
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