Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to keep spending on climate change in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget despite opposition from a key Democratic colleague Sen. Joe Manchin, the key swing vote.
Schumer (D-NY) said Monday that the Democrats are doing “everything” they can to help Biden meet his goal of curbing US carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
“The bottom line for all of us is: We can’t let this moment pass us by,” Schumer said at an event hosted by the environmental groups League of Conservation Voters and Climate Power, Politico reported.
“The Senate will act in a way that’s commensurate with the magnitude of the climate crisis,” he said.
But the bill, which along with funds to fight climate change, also contains a raft of other spending on health care, family leave, and education, has Manchin and some other Democrats balking at the price tag.