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Today we look at Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Grey: Last-minute efforts for election legislation looked ‘successful’ Manchin: Talks on Biden spending plan would start ‘from scratch’ Manchin, Collins leading talks on overhauling election law and Protection of Election Officials MORE‘s (DW.Va.) latest comments on Build Back Better, President BidenJoe BidenDoomsday predictions for Democrats are no guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden’s first year on border policy Vilsack accuses China of breaking trade deal-era commitments Trump MOREThe stalled social and climate spending bill, along with congressional pressure to end solar tariffs.
Manchin calls for a clean slate for the talks
Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said Thursday that talks on President Biden’s sweeping climate and social spending agenda would “start from scratch,” throwing cold water on hopes for a quick recovery.
“We’re going to start with a clean sheet of paper and start over,” Manchin told reporters, adding that he had no talks scheduled with the White House.
Pressed on whether his previous $1.8 trillion offer to the White House was still on the table, Manchin indicated that it was not, saying Democrats would be “starting from scratch.”
Manchin’s comments come as the White House and leading Democrats prepare to try to refocus on the Build Back Better Act.
The bill collapsed in the Senate late last year after Manchin, in a Fox News interview, warned he could not support the roughly $2 trillion version passed. by the House. His comments on Thursday underscore just how far apart Democrats are on a deal.
They also follow Biden’s comments on Wednesday in which he said the spending package will likely need to be broken.
Let’s talk politics: Biden expressed optimism that lawmakers will be able to keep more than $500 billion in energy and environmental spending.
These comments prompted calls from some, like Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Health Care – White House increases mask availability Senate Democrats call for investigation into reported price gouging for COVID-19 tests Biden’s FDA nominee advances before key Senate committee MORE (D-Mass.) for starting with the climate change provisions, to which Manchin also recently expressed relative openness.
“The climate and clean energy provisions in Build Back Better have been extensively developed and funded, so let’s start there and add all the other important provisions to support working families who can meet the 50-vote threshold,” said Markey said in a statement. late Wednesday.
“Congress has an opportunity to pass vital, intersectional, and justice-focused climate action that would take action to dramatically reduce dangerous emissions, promote environmental justice, and create millions of well-paying union jobs across our nation” , he added.
Learn more about Manchin’s latest comments.
A bipartisan group wants an end to solar tariffs
A group of six Democrats and two Republicans have called on President Biden not to extend Trump-era tariffs on imported solar panels.
The Section 201 tariffs, which expire Feb. 6, have cost more than 62,000 American clean energy jobs, the senators said, citing the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA).
“[W]We believe that extending tariffs will only add unnecessary costs to U.S. consumers, hurt U.S. solar jobs, and artificially impede the deployment of otherwise viable solar projects in the United States,” the senators wrote.
The lawmakers who signed the letter are Sens. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenEight senators call on Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Overnight Healthcare – Biden faces pressure from Democrats over COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook — Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE (D-Nev.). jerry moranGerald (Jerry) Moran Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Senate Republicans ask Biden to lift vaccination mandate for truckers crossing Canadian border Lawmakers remember Bob Dole : “Bona fide American hero” MORE (R-Kan.), Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzEight senators call on Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs (D-Hawaii), Thomas TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate panel advances bill preventing tech giants from favoring their own products Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Sinema undermines hopes of a filibuster reform MORE (RN.C.), Sheldon White HouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats call on Biden administration to make it easier for at-risk Afghans to enter the United States Eight senators call on Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Infrastructure spending shouldn’t make it easier sawing from our national forests MORE (DR.I.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichEight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Defense bill creates new office to study UFOs this Thanksgiving, avoid political food fights and talk about UFOs instead MORE (DN.M.), Diane FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate panel advances bill preventing tech giants from favoring their own products Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Lawmakers from both parties launch new pressure on violence against women law MORE (D-California) and Michael BenetMichael Farrand BennetEight senators call on Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs Biden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: ‘Incredible courage and determination’ (D-Colo.).
The Biden administration, however, has signaled some support for solar tariffs, saying last week it would appeal a decision reversing some of the tariffs.
Learn more about the push here.
LEGISLATORS PRESS FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday released a bill aimed at helping the country better prepare for the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels and worsening extreme weather events.
The legislation would require the federal government to develop a “National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy” that would assess the country’s vulnerabilities and ensure the government has a plan to respond to them.
It would also create a White House “chief of resilience” position to lead preparedness efforts and lead strategy development, as well as dedicated interagency issue groups and a non-federal frontline community partnerships council. line.
The effort is led by Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski Ossoff and Collins clash over her past support of suffrage legislation. Senate GOP blocks election bill, staging showdown with filibuster Schumer braces for Senate showdown with Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Alaska) and Chris CoonChris Andrew CoonsSchumer opted for modest rules reform after Manchin moderates refuse, Sinema joins GOP to thwart filibuster change for ballot bill Democrats filibuster scheme unfolds MORE (D-Del.), as well as Reps. Scott PetersScott H. PetersDesperate Dems Signals Support for Biden Bill Sizing Biden Highlights Drug Prices During Call for Senate Vote on Overnight Health Care Social Spending – Presented by Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The US Reaches Deal on COVID-19 PLUS Pill (D-California) and María Salazar (R-Florida).
Read more about the legislation here.
WHAT WE READ
- Hellish winter gas bill: Oklahomans must pay $1.4 billion for blizzard (Floodlight and Oklahoma Watch)
- Europe’s top lawmaker wants airlines to pay for their CO2 emissions sooner (Reuters)
- More than 450 scientists are calling on PR and advertising firms to cut ties with fossil fuel customers, reports The Washington Post
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