The challenges of the Biden bill see reformulation
A key piece of US President Joe Biden’s climate agenda, which would replace coal and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear power, will likely be removed from the budget bill pending in Congress, the New York reported. Times.
White House staff are revising legislation amid strong opposition from Sen. 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 made clear his concerns about using taxpayer money to pay private companies to do things they already do,” Manchin spokesman Sam Runyon told Reuters.
“It continues to support efforts to fight climate change while protecting US energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability,” Runyon said.
Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, opposed the initial $ 3.5 trillion price tag of Biden’s spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change. As a result, the president faces a difficult balance in trying to cut costs without alienating the progressive Democrats who are also essential to passing the legislation. In the equally divided Senate, every Democratic vote will be needed for passage.
Following a meeting this month on Capitol Hill with fellow Democrats, Biden suggested the bill could be reduced to around $ 2 trillion over 10 years.