Joe Manchin Asks Schumer to Remove Permitting Reforms From Continuing Resolution

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We’ve been saying so for months now, but it looks like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) indeed got screwed over when it comes to agreeing to support the misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” in return for assurances his proposal for permitting reform would make it into a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government. From the start, fellow Democrats as well as Republicans angered by Manchin agreeing to the bill that has now been signed into law, have opposed it. Ultimately, they weren’t the ones to tank it, though. Manchin on Tuesday asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to remove his proposal from the CR, which he ultimately agreed to do.

“It is unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk,” his statement, which was released to his office website and over Twitter began. Sorry, Joe, but welcome to Washington, D.C.

As his statement continued, Sen. Manchin honed in on Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The last several months, we have seen firsthand the destruction that is possible as Vladimir Putin continues to weaponize energy. A failed vote on something as critical as comprehensive permitting reform only serves to embolden leaders like Putin who wish to see America fail,” it also read.

Manchin then shifted to acknowledging his party can’t afford a government shutdown. “For that reason and my firmly held belief that we should never come to the brink of a government shutdown over politics, I have asked Majority Leader Schumer to remove the permitting language from the Continuing Resolution we will vote on this evening.”