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The permitting bill was part of a deal Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made with Manchin to secure his support for Democrats’ major climate, health care and taxes bill, which provided $370 billion in clean energy spending.

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment - but the bill may still not have the support it needs to pass. Read more»

Removing Manchin’s permitting reform bill from the must-pass government funding package was weeks in the making.

The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package - after an energy bill from Sen. Joe Manchin was removed - that would help communities recover from natural disasters, provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, and keep the government funded through mid-December. Read more»

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., during her speech Monday at the McConnell Center, where she repeated her insistence that bipartisanship is the only way to win lasting legislation in the Senate.

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been criticized for defending the filibuster before, but that did not stop her from repeating her position, stating that defending the filibuster may be “an unpopular opinion,” but that it’s needed to make the Senate work in a bipartisan manner. Read more»

From pipelines and dams to power plants and critical mineral mining, there are few industries or environments that NEPA doesn’t touch.

The tax reform and spending bill signed by President Joe Biden is also the country’s largest climate change investment, with what could be sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act - the bedrock of environmental law - and the law’s critics cover the political spectrum. Read more»

The group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber's leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus' ideological spectrum. Read more»

President Joe Biden is joined by Democratic lawmakers as he signs the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 16, 2022.

The climate change and health care bill signed into law this week will lower U.S. carbon emissions by a gigaton by 2030, a new analysis from the Department of Energy said, further cementing claims already made about the the bill's clean energy programs. Read more»

Many West Virginia business and political leaders, including Manchin, hope that natural gas will create jobs and revenue, offsetting the decline of the coal industry.

Democratic leadership agreed to legislation streamlining permits for the often-stalled Mountain Valley Pipeline and removing jurisdiction from a court that keeps ruling against the project - in exchange for Sen. Joe Manchin's vote on the climate change bill. Read more»

The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. Read more»

The Senate has tried several times since 2020 to pass voting rights legislation, but has been blocked each time by Republicans.

Lawmakers from both parties and legal experts at a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday outlined the need to pass legislation clarifying an archaic election law so that the peaceful transfer of presidential power is ensured. Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema might hold in her hands the fate of a blockbuster bill to fight the climate crisis.

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. Read more»

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A climate change and health care package is primed to make its way through House goal posts, a stunning coup for the Biden administration after the Democratic majority leader of the Senate found middle ground this week with the coal-rooted Senator Joe Manchin. Read more»

Medicare is the health care program for people 65 and older, some younger Americans with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease.

U.S. Senate Democrats have reached a tentative agreement to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs in the Medicare program, the first step in passing a long-stalled package that’s expected to include tax and climate change provisions as well. Read more»

Protesters hold signs at an abortion rights rally at the state Capitol on May 3, 2022.

President Joe Biden said he supports an exception to the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, since two senators - Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin - have stated their opposition to amending the procedural tool. Read more»

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn national protections for abortion has set off a contest between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whose policies would do more to help vulnerable mothers and children. It's a key issue going into the midterm elections.

In the wake of decisions gutting abortion and gun laws, minority power on Capitol Hill leaves federal lawmakers with little maneuvering as nearly all congressional legislation requires a supermajority of 60 votes in the Senate to overcome the filibuster. Read more»

The White House and Democratic leaders expressed support Monday for a framework on gun control legislation that 10 Senate Democrats and 10 Senate Republicans agreed to over the weekend. Read more»

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