When Manchin and Schumer, a New York Democrat, announced the deal last week, it represented a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have collapsed time and again.
Though many details have not been disclosed, the measure would invest $ 369 billion into energy and climate change programs, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% 通过 2030, according to a one-page fact sheet. It would also address the permitting of energy infrastructure, which could ease the path for a shale gas pipeline in West Virginia.
Manchin on Sunday was asked about getting fellow moderate Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s support for the legislation.
“它的. Sinema is my dear friend. We work very close together on so many things, and she has so much in this piece of legislation. She’s formed quite a bit of and worked on it very hard. And with that, she’s brought down drug prices, she’s been very instrumental in letting Medicare go ahead and negotiate for lower drug prices,” Manchin said of the Arizona senator.
他加了: “I think that basically when she looks at the bill and sees the whole spectrum of what we’re doing … hopefully she will be positive about it, but she’ll make her decision and I respect that.”
Manchin also said he hopes the legislation passes before the August recess, which is what Democratic leadership is hoping for.
The senator’s support is notable given his stance earlier this month
” wouldn’t support the climate or tax provisions of the Democratic economic package
, which appeared to torpedo any hope Democrats had of passing legislation to fight climate change in the near future
. But he told Tapper on Sunday that he
“never did walk away
” from negotiations with Schumer
“I never did walk away, but we reorganized the bill, 如果你愿意,” 他说. “What we had before that, there were things in there that I considered and thought could be considered to be inflammatory. … Inflation is the greatest challenge we have in our country right now — around in my state and around the country. So that’s what we’re fighting.”
共和党参议员. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania slammed the deal in a separate appearance later on
“联盟的州,” arguing that it would negatively impact the US economy at a critical time
“We haven’t seen any text, we don’t even know what it looks like. So this is a disaster. This is going to make our recession worse. It’s going to make inflation worse. It’s not gonna do any good. I am really surprised that Joe agreed to this,” he told Tapper.
This story has been updated to include additional information from the interview.