Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) side deal with Democrats on permitting reform is continuing to break down, as Republicans are now signaling their opposition.
In exchange for his vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, Manchin struck a deal with Democratic leadership to include a bill reforming the energy permitting system in a stopgap government funding bill. House Democrats already signaled their opposition to the provision over concerns about the climate impacts of new energy projects. But Senate Republicans made opposition to Manchin’s proposal bipartisan, and are now advancing a bill of their own.
“If you’re now looking for Republicans to support and give you more cover than you have right now, you’re not going to find it with us,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told reporters this week, via The Hill.