December 7, 2022

The Senate is advancing the funding bill after Manchin presents his energy plan

Before the vote, the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer He said on the floor that he and Manchin “will continue to have conversations about the best way” to move forward with the permitting effort by the end of the year.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell In a floor speech Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans encouraged Manchin to abandon the effort, saying the West Virginia Democrat’s inclusion of the permit plan in the bill was a “poison pill.”

“A failed referendum on something as important as comprehensive permit reform only serves to embolden leaders. [Vladimir] Putin wants to see America fail,” Manchin said 30 minutes before the vote. He made the call “because of my firm belief that we should never come to the brink of a government shutdown for politics.”

Republicans have discussed the need to speed up energy programs for years, but McConnell said Manchin’s effort was not enough.

“I will vote no, and I urge all my colleagues to vote no,” McConnell said.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joined Chen on Tuesday in announcing his opposition to the joint legislation. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), has vowed to reject the funding bill if the energy authorization provisions are included. That permitting plan was a key part of Schumer’s deal with Manzin to pass party-line climate, health care and tax bills this summer.

Presidents of the Senate Published the text Minutes before midnight Monday, with Manchin’s proposal on the government spending plan. The bill would extend government funding through Dec. 16 and provide Ukraine with more than $12 billion in emergency money. Allocates $35 million to respond to “potential nuclear and radiological incidents in Ukraine.” According to an abstract.

Temporary funding includes $1 billion in heating assistance for low-income families, Jackson, Miss. This includes $20 million to address the water crisis in the U.S., more than $112 million for federal court protection, and billions of dollars in other disaster relief.

The measure allows FEMA to spend at a higher rate to respond to natural disasters in the short term, including the catastrophic flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. These include more money and flexibility to resettle Afghan refugees and a five-year reauthorization of the FDA’s user fee programs.

While the Biden administration has requested billions of dollars in emergency money, it includes no additional funding to address growing coronavirus or monkeypox needs.

The stopgap operation was carried out on Oct. It buys time for negotiations on a broader government funding deal that would increase federal agency budgets in the fiscal year starting in 1 — a priority for Chen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), both are retiring at the end of the year.

Nancy Wu contributed to this report.