Tag: Joe Manchin

Full List of Senators Who Voted Against Giving Rail Workers Paid Sick Leave

Although Manchin has become known for consistently throwing a wrench into Biden’s plans, he frustratingly seems in line with the president this time. Despite being known as both “Union Joe” and “Amtrak Joe,” Biden did not push for the paid leave amendment after its success in the House. “The President of course, of course he […]

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Manchin, Whose State Was Built by Unions, Rejects Paid Leave for Rail Workers

Although Manchin has become known for consistently throwing a wrench into Biden’s plans, he frustratingly seems in line with the president this time. Despite being known as both “Union Joe” and “Amtrak Joe,” Biden did not push for the paid leave amendment after its success in the House. “The President of course, of course he […]

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Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Long, Long, Long Money Trail

There is no particular geographic pattern. Bankman-Fried gave to the Montana Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, the South Carolina Democratic Party, and the Maryland Democratic Party among others. Some parties got as little as $780, while many got the very particular amount of $9,756.20 (a handful got the even more particular amount of $9,756.19). […]

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Biden blowback shows coal still has sway in US politics

The backlash to President Biden’s comments last week about shutting down coal plants illustrates that the declining industry still has influence on American politics.   On Friday, Biden said “we’re going to be shutting these [coal] plants down all across America and having wind and solar.” In response, key Senate swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) […]

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How the Sprawling Fight Over Permitting Reform Could Capsize Congress

“Chuck cut the deal without talking to me,” Kaine said. “I was hoping that, before the bill was final, that if I told them the concerns I had, then the final product would address my concerns. It doesn’t.” Kaine told me that he believed there could be some kind of separate bipartisan bill on permitting […]

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How Chuck Schumer Finally Got His Big Breakthrough

With the public optimism of a party leader, Schumer told me he thinks Democrats will keep and even expand their majority. “We’re going to do a lot more. We’re not finished,” Schumer said. “But I think the [Inflation Reduction Act] showed the possibilities of what we can do if we stay together, if we stay […]

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Joe Manchin, Of All People, Threw Some Shade At Krysten Sinema For Holding Up Democratic Legislation

Joe Manchin’s a big hero of the Democratic party right now, but only because for a long time he wasn’t. He may have helped get a light version of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” passed through Congress. But for ages, the West Virginia senator has been one of the thorns in his party’s side, […]

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How Progressives Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Inflation Reduction Act

Still, the Inflation Reduction Act provides a campaign talking point ahead of what is expected to be a bruising midterm. Democrats could certainly use any kind of boost in November, as they are widely expected to lose the House and may also lose the Senate. “When we’re thinking about, what is the way that we […]

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Raising Young Kids in America Has Become Hell, and The Government Should Finally Acknowledge That

However, while states can help on the margins, and some limited federal laws could get passed, what is actually needed is a new paradigm, one that centers these families as a distinct class of people the same way the federal government treats seniors. Even if states choose to act, or if something like the Romney […]

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Inflation Reduction Act’s Big Win, the Senate Still Sucks

For the IRA, Democratic lawmakers used another “one neat trick” to surmount the filibuster: the reconciliation process. In 1974, Congress passed a law to regularize the budget-making process that allowed lawmakers to pass certain types of spending and taxation legislation with a simple majority. Technically, this also applies for the House, but since the House […]

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Yes, the Inflation Reduction Act Is a Big Effing Deal

So that brings us back to the Inflation Reduction Act, IRA. Yes, I wish it were bigger and contained some of the key elements of BBB like subsidized childcare and Medicare expansion and housing. Yes, that sop to Joe Manchin on fossil fuels is very unfortunate. And Republicans stripping out the insulin provision for non-seniors […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Passes After a Long and Exhausting Weekend in the U.S. Senate

Patrick Leahy arrives for the vote-a-rama in his Batman wheelchair. Bill Clark/Getty Images After limited debate on the reconciliation bill, the Senate proceeded to the vote-a-rama, thus called because it involves nonstop votes on as many amendments as possible without debate. The amendments must be deficit neutral or lessen the deficit, or be “germane.” The […]

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Two Cheers for the Inflation Reduction Act

The 15 percent minimum tax has The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board’s knickers in a twist because nearly half of the revenue would be raised from manufacturers. But the tax would fall only on businesses that average more than $1 billion in profits over three years. That means the tax would affect only 150 of the nation’s very biggest corporations, […]

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This Is What Happens When You Treat Fossil Fuels as a National Security Issue

Fossil fuel industry lobbyists argue that the U.S. must increase its exports to Europe of liquified natural gas, or LNG, to reduce European dependence on belligerent Russia. President Biden appears to agree, pledging in March to send an additional 15 billion cubic meters of LNG to Europe annually. This means that around a dozen new […]

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Congress May Actually Step Up to Block the Next Coup Attempt

“It is an example of how this place can and should work. It involves, I know, compromise, and a great deal of discussion, and a great deal of research,” said Senator Angus King, who had previously worked on separate legislation to reform the Electoral Count Act. GOP Senator Roy Blunt, the ranking member of the […]

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The Manchin Climate Deal Is Both a Big Win and a Deal With the Devil

Keep in mind that the scales of the existing U.S. tax regime are tilted dramatically in favor of fossil fuel companies, which collect roughly $20 billion a year in state and federal subsidies. “In-kind” support for the industry—through diplomatic pressures abroad, for instance—has only accelerated since Russia invaded Ukraine and the State Department redoubled its […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Will Reduce Emissions Too

These provisions will also be a boost for clean energy producers in general, as a recent report by the American Clean Power Association found that clean energy deployment decreased significantly in the second quarter of this year. “The entire clean energy industry just breathed an enormous sigh of relief. This is an 11th hour reprieve […]

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The Democrats’ Surprise Chance to Snatch Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

But those winners were largely wiped out in 2020 (Horn lost). Now, if you look at the list of the 26 tossup Democrats, there are only two in those kinds of districts: Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd, which is R+6, and Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania’s 8th, which is R+4. Most of them are in districts […]

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Democrats Gave Mitch McConnell a Taste of His Own Medicine

“We got our ass kicked. It’s just that simple,” said Republican Senator John Kennedy. “Looks to me like we got rinky-doo’d. That’s a Louisiana word for ‘screwed.’ And we got our ass kicked. That’s the way my people back home see it.” The problem, it seems, is that the typically more tepid Democrats have started […]

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Manchin Does Smart Politics, for Once

While voters may not rank climate as highly as the economy among a list of concerns, Mildenberger doesn’t think that’s the most important metric. Asking about where climate lands in a ranked list, Mildenberger notes, obscures how popular climate policy can be when it is paired with improvements to working-class people’s lives, like affordable housing […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Joe Manchin Moment

Manchin’s motivations have been easier to parse than Sinema’s. He clearly sees breaking with national Democrats to be beneficial for him in his home state, which went to Donald Trump by nearly 40 points in 2020. He similarly caters to energy interests in his home state (the relaxations of federal pipeline regulations will help a […]

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Manchin and Schumer Surprised Everyone With the Inflation Reduction Act—Even Democrats Themselves

Representative Jamaal Bowman, another progressive, told reporters on Thursday that he was “very disappointed and actually pretty angry that the childcare provisions were taken out.” But he was circumspect about most Democrats being left out of the final negotiating process. “They’re senators, you know; one is the Senate majority leader, and one has been a […]

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Big business groups lash out at Manchin-Schumer deal

Lobbying groups representing large corporations swiftly criticized a revamped reconciliation deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday. They are zeroing in on the plan’s 15 percent minimum tax on corporations, which would help pay for massive investments in climate and energy security, extended health care subsidies […]

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Joe Manchin Killed the Expanded Child Tax Credit. Democrats Have a New Plan to Revive It.

Brown said that Democrats should not accept any tax cuts for the wealthy unless it is coupled with an extension of the child tax credit. This idea was also raised by Adam Ruben, the campaign director of the Economic Security Project, who suggested that extending tax breaks for research and development—which is popular on the […]

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What would declaring a national climate emergency do?

Facing mounting pressure to act on climate change and little hope of passing major legislation, President Biden may soon declare a national climate emergency. The White House has said that such a move won’t come this week, but is still on the table.  Experts told The Hill that declaring a national emergency could open up […]

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Biden labels climate change an ‘emergency,’ stopping short of declaration

President Biden labeled climate change as an “emergency” on Wednesday but stopped short of declaring a national emergency following pressure from climate advocates.  In a speech at a former coal plant in Somerset, Mass., Biden also pledged to take action to combat the threat of climate change after congressional action stalled.  “As president, I have […]

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Why the Global Minimum Tax Is Joe Manchin’s Worst Flip-Flop Yet

Manchin also seems to object now to raising the U.S. tax on foreign earnings that I mentioned earlier from a maximum 13 percent to 15 percent. The tax, known as GILTI (for “Global Intangible Low Tax Income”) targets foreign returns that exceed 10 percent. It was enacted under President Donald Trump to discourage companies from […]

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White House says it won’t declare climate emergency this week

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that President Biden won’t declare a climate emergency this week, but that doesn’t mean he won’t do it eventually.  “He’s going to take, as I said, additional climate actions in that vein tomorrow, and he’s going to continue — he’s not going to just stop with the […]

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Watching American Democracy Melt

Build Back Better’s death looks a little like a dry run: a prolonged, incomprehensible process where political leaders assure us a solution is right around the corner. Until the last minute last week, Democratic insiders on Capitol Hill thought Manchin’s demands—to greenlight new fossil fuel infrastructure and slash funding for electric vehicles, in exchange for […]

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Joe Manchin Is a Terrible Prime Minister

But there were also early signs of the trouble that would lie ahead. Manchin wielded that power in ARP negotiations to water down some of its key provisions, forcing Democrats to add means-testing to the bill’s $1,400 stimulus checks and mandating that the expanded unemployment benefits expire that September. Perhaps most infamously, Manchin directed that […]

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