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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday insisted that language to speed up the approval of energy projects must be included in a bill to fund the federal government by the end of September, even as bipartisan opposition threatened to kill it.
Manchin, D-W.Va., negotiated a deal with Schumer, D-N.Y., over the summer to vote on permitting reform in exchange for his vote on the “Inflation Reduction Act” (IRA). That agreement angered members of both parties – Republicans who felt betrayed that Manchin helped Democrats pass a party-line tax and spending bill, and progressives who oppose energy projects.
“No, they’re gonna have to take it out and handle it some other route,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters Tuesday when asked if there’s enough GOP support to pass the bill.
“I haven’t whipped it but there’s not a lot of enthusiasm for helping Sen. Manchin out of his bind,” Cornyn added. “Sen. Schumer’s…