Manchin revives talks with other Democrats on climate, social spending bill: report

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinEnergy and Environment – Biden is walking a tightrope over oil industry messaging Balance/Sustainability – Rainforests help cool the entire planet Sunrise Movement seeks to support progressives in Pennsylvania, NC MORE (DW.Va.), who in December essentially killed off a massive climate and social spending package by saying he wouldn’t vote for it, has reopened conversations with his colleagues on the legislation, The Washington Post reported Thursday, quoting two familiar people.

Manchin told his fellow Democrats that a vote on the package should be held before senators break for an August break, the Post reported.

The senator told them it was possible to strike a deal that included billions of dollars to fight climate change, cut prescription drug costs and update the tax code, the Post reported. But he wanted concessions on oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department has been slow to draft a new five-year plan for leasing offshore oil and gas in federal waters, while the current one is set to expire at the end of June.

It comes after E&E News reported on Wednesday that Manchin was ready to restart negotiations on the package and hoped a deal would be reached during the Senate’s working period in April and May on a lightened climate spending bill. and social. According to the media, a text is circulating, but it is only in its infancy.

Also on Wednesday, Manchin outlined some energy policies he supports, including a clean energy manufacturing tax credit and legislation that would replace fossil fuel generation with advanced nuclear power.

Manchin’s spokesman, Sam Runyon, told The Hill on Wednesday that Manchin was “always ready to engage in discussions about how best to move our country forward.”

Earlier this month, Manchin proposed limiting new spending to climate programs and cutting big social spending programs such as expanded childcare, universal pre-kindergarten and national paid family leave. in a scaled-down version of the package, which frustrated other Senate Democrats.

Manchin then argued that with high inflation, more social spending was not ideal.

“Inflation is the number one enemy we have in America today,” he told reporters at the time.