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White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects -NYT

CommoditiesOct 15, 2021 08:45PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks during a hearing on a budget request for the Department of the Interior for 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Robe

(Reuters) -A critical piece of U.S. President Joe Biden's climate agenda, which would replace coal- and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear energy, will likely be dropped from the budget bill pending in Congress, the New York Times reported on Friday.

White House staffers are revising the legislation due to strong opposition from Senator Joe Manchin, the centrist Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia whose vote is crucial to its passage the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

"Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing," Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon told Reuters in a statement.

"He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability," Runyon said.

The White House had no comment on the New York Times report on Friday evening.

Both Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, have objected to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for Biden's spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change. As a result, the president faces a difficult balancing act in trying to bring down the cost but not alienate progressive Democrats who also are essential to passing the legislation. In the evenly split Senate, every Democratic vote will be needed for passage.

Following a meeting this month on Capitol Hill with his fellow Democrats, Biden suggested the bill could be trimmed to around $2 trillion over 10 years.

White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects -NYT
 

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James Andrews
James Andrews Oct 17, 2021 3:27PM ET
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Thank God for a voice of sanity in that Communist party!
Franc Fil
Franc Fil Oct 16, 2021 12:49AM ET
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Just cancel these wasteful pork barrel programs. Secure the border, cut spending and drill drill drill for oil!!
lance Lalonde
lance Lalonde Oct 15, 2021 9:55PM ET
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Just take a look at New York and California, they are losing businesses left and right, why is that ? Because they are being taxed to death and are moving to Florida and Texas
lance Lalonde
lance Lalonde Oct 15, 2021 9:52PM ET
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If it's so bad in this country then why is the southern border been overrun ? Socialism for the rich ? Where is that coming from ? How many people work for Bezos and Musk ? Trump has the right idea, lower taxes enough to keep and attract big business here, not sure if you have noticed or not but we don't make much here anymore. but if enough new businesses are added, along with the jobs they create, that adds to the tax base and keeps businesses here. Taxing businesses to death only forces them to leave or go out of business
Ted Valentin
Bilingbookworm Oct 15, 2021 9:42PM ET
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So you don't have a problem with socialism for the rich. They are robbing you blind you just been sold a lie. Just with this pandemic how more millionaires and billionaires have been created. Manchins daughter was soly responsible for raising the price of epipen a drug that cost a few dollars to make and so many need. That's just an example. The Republicans had no problem creating new debt when they where in power I am not a hardcore voter but I have lived long enough to know how the current politicians have turned everything political just so they can rob our country blind. I believe everyone needs a fair chance of making a decent living and believe that there is enough wealth in this country to really make this country great. The government will always print out new money when it benefits the rich and powerful. People in this country work so hard but live and only get by day by day. We are supposed to be better then that.
Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee Oct 15, 2021 9:42PM ET
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I do agree with you fully that the politicians are generally taking care of the own pockets like those in my country too.
lance Lalonde
lance Lalonde Oct 15, 2021 9:17PM ET
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Bilingbookworm, what sleepy clueless Joe is trying to do is called socialism. You may also want to look at the real time national debt clock for this country, interest on the debt has to be paid every year and the bill is only getting larger, kids today will not have nearly the same opportunities that we have had, at some point in time the bill must be paid
Ted Valentin
Bilingbookworm Oct 15, 2021 9:11PM ET
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How is it that people can't vote for persons that actually would improve the lives of millions. These politicians need your vote to stay in power but once you get them elected they are only loyal to corporations and themselves. What is wrong with lower prices for medications and health care. Whats wrong with green energy jobs. what's wrong with increasing social security and Medicare. medicad. affordable housing. Better roads bridges and infrastructure. that's good paying jobs. And don't tell me we can't afford it look at the trillions spent in Afghanistan and all the corruption surrounding the money we gave them. remember the one trillion jet fighter that never got of the ground. When I see the people fighting back and forth over red or blue I wish the same energy was expanded getting rid of all the corupt politicians and for once show them we are not disposable and stupid. Please take your vote seriously and think about your children and grandchildren. Vote them out.
lance Lalonde
lance Lalonde Oct 15, 2021 9:09PM ET
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Bilingbookworm, you have to be kidding me, you must mean sleepy Joe's attempt at socialism
lance Lalonde
lance Lalonde Oct 15, 2021 9:05PM ET
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Joe Macchin is actually doing something quite unique in this political world, he is actually representing the coal rich people in his state. What a noble idea
Tom Sc
Tom Sc Oct 15, 2021 8:34PM ET
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these 2 fake democrats, Manchin and sinema, might as well just go independent if they won't support democratic policy? I mean, really, they ran as Democrats not to mention Biden was given a clear mandate from the electorate, and they are going to vote against them?
Ted Valentin
Bilingbookworm Oct 15, 2021 8:31PM ET
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Joe Manchin is nothing more than a crook. I feel sorry for those people he represents he doesn't care about any of them. He is in the way of Bidens attemp to improve there lives. Everything in the Biden proposal would help each and everyone of his constituents hope they remember who he really cares for doners. corporations. and above all himself and those closest to him. People you need to wake up.
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yes he represents the filthy rich people of west Virginia....oops I mean the state that is last in income among all 50 states.
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Oct 15, 2021 8:10PM ET
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send him 4 weeks working in a coal mine and he may change his opinion
 
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