In West Virginia, the clean-energy transition rests on Joe Manchin

In West Virginia, the clean-energy transition rests on Joe Manchin

This post was originally published on this siteWest Virginians’ skepticism about a clean-energy shift — whether from Sen. Joe Manchin III or even those working on a new wind farm — complicates President Biden’s climate push.

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Housing investments at risk as Build Back Better withers

Housing investments at risk as Build Back Better withers

This post was originally published on this siteThe path forward for the critical housing investments Democrats sought to protect in the Build Back Better Act (BBB) is getting murky, as uncertainty hangs over the party’s chances of passing its partisan package amid resistance from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Democrats garnered...

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Manchin’s Energy Plan Is Just What Biden Needs

Manchin’s Energy Plan Is Just What Biden Needs

This post was originally published on this siteThe president can show his commitment to low gas prices by supporting the senator’s efforts to reach a compromise.

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Joe Manchin’s approval rating is up 16 points since Biden became president

Joe Manchin’s approval rating is up 16 points since Biden became president

Democrats can rage all they want — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) seemingly isn’t going anywhere.
According to a new Morning Consult poll, Manchin’s job approval rating among West Virginia’s registered voters has jumped 16 percent since President Biden took office, by far the largest increase of any senator.
In the past year, his approval rating among Republicans rose from 35 percent to 69 percent, more than enough to offset his decreased approval rating among Democrats, which fell from 63 percent to 44 percent. West Virginia’s Register-Herald reported last year that there are about 4,300 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats in West Virginia.
These partisan shifts likely result from Manchin’s high-profile votes against Biden’s Build Back Better bill and voting rights legislation, in which the centrist Democrat joined with Senate Republicans to kill two major pillars of the administration’s legislative agenda.
Writing for The Week, David Faris argued on Thursday that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his allies should make life so unbearable for Manchin and [Arizona Sen. Krysten] Sinema … that they leave the party sometime before the 2022 midterms if one last push for even a microscopic version of the Build Back Better social investment package fails because of them.” Faris, however, admitted that although Democrats could likely unseat Sinema, they have little chance of primarying Manchin or of defeating him in a general election if he joins the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump won West Virginia by nearly 40 points in 2020.
The Morning Consult polls surveyed at least 2,057 registered West Virginia voters in the first quarters of 2021 and 2022 with an error margin of two percent.

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Democrats see hope for a clean energy bill, but Manchin is adding a new hurdle: More funding for fossil fuels

Democrats see hope for a clean energy bill, but Manchin is adding a new hurdle: More funding for fossil fuels

This post was originally published on this siteExactly how much money Manchin wants to dedicate to fossil fuels — versus investments in clean energy — is so far unclear.

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Manchin says he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

Manchin says he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

This post was originally published on this siteWest Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Friday that he plans to vote for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, a move that all but guarantees she will be confirmed.

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Divisions hamper Democrats’ inflation strategy

Divisions hamper Democrats’ inflation strategy

This post was originally published on this siteDemocrats’ efforts to combat inflation are stuck in limbo because of internal divisions over a range of proposals aimed at lowering the cost of gas, health care and child care. The latest idea that some Democrats are rallying around is a…

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Manchin delays vote on Interior nominee, citing energy crisis

Manchin delays vote on Interior nominee, citing energy crisis

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delayed the nomination of a key Biden Interior Department nominee after holding a rare second hearing for her, citing the ongoing energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of…

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Manchin worries free education will turn Americans into moochers. Students are left in the dust

Manchin worries free education will turn Americans into moochers. Students are left in the dust

This post was originally published on this site With barely a whimper, free community college for all Americans bit the dust, at least for now. Already stripped from the pared-down Build Back Better bill proposed by the Biden administration in October, free community college will not re-emerge as a free-standing...

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Democrats frustrated with latest Manchin pitch on Build Back Better

Democrats frustrated with latest Manchin pitch on Build Back Better

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Democrats are feeling exasperated with Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) latest proposal on a scaled-down version of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda that would leave out big social-spending initiatives like expanded childcare, universal…

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