Details of New Climate Change Legislation
The administration of President Joe Biden is making climate change an integral part of its agenda. As a result, Biden is proposing a $4 trillion climate and infrastructure package. This leftist radical bill is being pushed by Biden’s White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.
Manchin Steps In to Thwart Efforts
While the Democrats own the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, allowing them to push through legislation at will, one senator may stand in the way of Biden and his prized climate change legislation package. Sen. Joe Manchin is a moderate Democrat from the state of West Virginia. Manchin recently said that he would not support the new package unless Republicans have a voice in the debate and negotiations.
Manchin has been an advocate for more bipartisan work to pass important legislation. The climate change legislation is particularly important to him given his representation of a state where mining is a key industry. In addition, Manchin is also chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.
Manchin Will Cross Party Lines
Manchin has not hesitated in the past to cross party lines and vote with Republicans, worrying Democrats that he may do so again. In fact, it was Manchin who held up negotiations of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package now on its way to the House for a final vote. By voting for this proposed climate legislation, Manchin would be turning his back on the people in his home state.
Critics of the president have pointed to his aggressive early action in the field of energy policy, stopping oil and gas leases on federal lands immediately.