Joe Manchin threatens to block climate bill unless Republicans have a seat

Joe Manchin threatens to block climate bill unless Republicans have a seat
Joe Manchin (Image: YouTube screen grab via Fox News)

[Ed. – Expect Democrats to spare no expense to primary him in 2022.]

Sen. Joe Manchin threatened to block President Biden’s climate change and infrastructure package unless Republicans have more of a voice in the negotiation process than they did with the coronavirus stimulus bill.

Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia who has emerged as a critical swing vote in the narrowly divided Senate, said he would use his position as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee to hold up the legislation unless the GOP has input.

“I’m not going to do it through reconciliation,” ​he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview that aired Sunday. “I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying.”

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Senate Democrats used reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority, to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan on Saturday by a party-line 50-49 vote. ​​

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