Democrats secured Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote on their Inflation Reduction Act fka Build Back Better bill by agreeing to a sweetheart side deal for Manchin, who demanded his permitting reform bill for the benefit of the Carbon Monopoly.

On Tuesday Republicans, who are the lickspittle lackeys of the Carbon Monopoly, nonetheless forced Manchin to pull his permitting reform bill from the Continuing Resolution spending bill Congress must pass by September 30, out of political retribution for Manchin’s vote for the Inflation Reduction Act.

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So I m going to call this a win-win for Democrats who were not happy about the sweetheart side deal for Manchin, and it was Republicans who forced him to pull his bill.

The Hill reports, McConnell, GOP give political payback to Manchin:

Senate Republicans on Tuesday gave Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a taste of political payback by forcing Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to cancel a scheduled vote on Manchin’s permitting reform bill.

The message to Manchin is clear: Republicans are still furious over the surprise deal he cut with Schumer this summer to pass major pieces of the Democratic agenda.

Manchin in a statement said it was “unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk.”

Schumer announced Tuesday afternoon that Manchin had agreed to pull his permitting reform bill off a short-term government funding measure once it became clear that Republicans would block the package.

“Senate Republicans have made very clear they will block legislation to fund the government if it includes bipartisan permitting reform. Because they’ve chosen to obstruct instead of work in a bipartisan way … I have agreed to move forward and pass the recently filed continuing resolution legislation without the Energy Independence and Security Act,” Schumer announced.

McConnell urged Democrats to bring a short-term funding measure without Manchin’s permitting language to the Senate floor instead, which he said Republicans would support.

“Both sides of the aisle want to prevent a government shutdown that no one wants,” he said.

In that case, the Republicans were bluffing about not voting for the bill. They don’t want to be responsible for a government shutdown with early voting already underway in several states. It seems to me that Schumer saw this as an easy out so that House Democrats opposed to the bill did not embarrass Democrats in the House.

A procedural motion to advance the government funding measure, which will last through Dec. 16, was set to pass easily after Schumer removed Manchin’s permitting reform language.

The Washington Post reports, Senate moves ahead on short-term spending bill after Manchin-backed provision is removed:

The Senate moved ahead on a short-term spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, a sweeping measure that would provide more than $12 billion to Ukraine, steer millions to Jackson, Miss., to deal with its water crisis and deliver billions in domestic disaster aid.
The chamber advanced the bill by a vote of 72-23.

The bill would fund the government through Dec. 16, giving negotiators more time to work out their differences and agree on government spending for fiscal 2023. The bill, known as a continuing resolution and released late Monday, would avert a shutdown that would begin Saturday.

[R]epublicans sought retribution against Manchin for his deal with Schumer.

“Revenge politics,” Manchin said at a Capitol news conference last week. “Republican leadership is upset, and they’re saying, ‘We’re not going to give a victory to Joe Manchin.’ … The bottom line is: How much suffering and how much pain do you want to inflict on the American people?”

Republicans made no effort to hide their intention to punish Manchin.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, called the Schumer-Manchin permitting deal a “political payoff” to Manchin. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said the deal and Manchin’s crucial vote for the climate/health-care bill “engendered a lot of bad blood” among Republicans. “There’s not a lot of sympathy on our side to provide Senator Manchin a reward,” he said.

The Manchin bill did not have any support among Democrats in the House, either.

The White House supports the funding resolution despite the fact that the bill does not include President Biden’s request for coronavirus and monkeypox.

“Our near-term priority is keeping the government open,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily briefing. “We’ve been very clear about that to ensure vital services to the American people continue uninterrupted. And we know that shut-downs are incredibly disruptive and costly. There’s still time for Congress to pass a short-term funding bill by this Friday’s deadline, and we are confident they will do so.”

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The bill includes a package of aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces, which invaded the country in February but have struggled on the battlefield. Among the funds are $3 billion to provide military assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and logistics support; $1.5 billion to replenish U.S. stocks of equipment provided to Ukraine or to foreign countries that have provided support; and $2.8 billion for continued military, intelligence and other defense support.

An additional $35 million will go to fund responses to “potential nuclear and radiological incidents” in Ukraine, and prevent that material from being stolen.

Domestically, $1 billion will go to help support families struggling with the cost of heating their homes this year and offset the costs of extreme weather events. An additional $20 million will go to water infrastructure projects in Jackson, Miss., whose 160,000 residents no longer have safe drinking water, which was declared an emergency in August by Biden.

With Hurricane Ian hitting central Florida today, Congress will need another disaster aid bill in the  $1-10 billion range for disaster relief, and this does not even include the collapse of the Florida property insurance market. Hurricane Ian could smash Florida’s fragile property insurance market: “A massive, deadly hurricane like Ian could topple the state’s already unstable property insurance market, some lawmakers and industry experts said Tuesday, as the storm took aim at Florida. Even before the impending storm, industry analysts were predicting the demise of the state’s insurance industry.”

You can bet that Florida insurers will come asking for a federal government bailout, because the state of Florida has entirely failed to address this problem.




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