‘Signing Up With Bernie’

  • The West Virginia Democrat senator made the comment on the Fox News Channel on Monday night – the eve of a Senate vote on his plan to change permit process for energy projects.
  • Manchin’s permitting reform will be attached to legislation that must pass to keep the government open past Friday.
  • Republicans didn’t want to vote for the plan after Manchin recently changed his mind and provided the key vote to pass President Biden’s $750 billion spending bill that included climate control initiatives.
  • Progressives like Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders think the Manchin plan, if passed, will lead to more fossil-fuel drilling.
  • “What I didn’t expect is that Mitch McConnell, my Republican friends would be signing up with Bernie or trying to get the same outcome by not passing permitting reform,” Manchin said.
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