With some House Democrats against Senate Manchin’s carve out for his state, and Republican’s piling on?
The West Virgina Democrat gave up his ‘deal’ and will vote for a spending bill to keep the government going …..
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to move forward with a temporary spending package needed to keep the federal government running past Friday, drawing closer to averting a shutdown after Democrats dropped an energy proposal that had drawn bipartisan opposition.
Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, had tucked the energy measure into the must-pass bill to fulfill a promise Democratic leaders made privately to Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, in exchange for Mr. Manchin’s vote last month for the party’s major climate, tax and health care law.
But the inclusion of the proposal, which would make it easier to build oil, gas, solar and wind infrastructure around the country, had rankled lawmakers in both parties and complicated the perennial autumn push on Capitol Hill to keep the government funded past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.
At least two members of the Democratic caucus and several Republicans warned they would vote against the spending measure because of Mr. Manchin’s provision, making it unlikely that the legislation could move forward as long as it was included.
Without action by midnight on Friday, federal funding will lapse; the spending bill under consideration would extend it through Dec. 16.
Shortly before the scheduled Tuesday evening vote, Mr. Manchin announced that he had asked Mr. Schumer to remove the language.
“It is unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk,” he said in a statement, adding that he believed “we should never come to the brink of a government shutdown over politics.”….