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McConnell joins Dems in bashing push to include Manchin energy deal in defense policy bill

Added 12-06-22 01:03:02pm EST - “Unusual bedfellows emerged Tuesday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed a late effort by Democratic leadership to include energy legislation championed by Sen. Joe Manchin III in an unrelated defense policy bill.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “McConnell joins Dems in bashing push to include Manchin energy deal in defense policy bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Unusual bedfellows emerged Tuesday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed a late effort by Democratic leadership to include energy legislation championed by Sen. Joe Manchin III in an unrelated defense policy bill.

Top Democrats are vying to include a version of previously failed permitting reform by Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That’s drawing a bipartisan rebuke for trying to add an extraneous measure that would fast-track energy projects and greenlight a long-stalled natural gas pipeline in his home state onto annual must-pass legislation.

“House and Senate Democrats are still obstructing efforts to close out the NDAA by trying to jam in unrelated items with no relationship whatsoever to defense,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “The Democrats’ failure to plan ahead for unrelated liberal pet priorities should not be creating uncertainty and confusion for the brave service members who keep us safe.”

Progressives have likewise grumbled about Mr. Manchin’s permitting push because they argue it would undercut efforts to combat climate change by boosting energy projects of all forms — including fossil fuels. They are threatening to tank the NDAA in the House, where Democrats have a narrow majority if it includes Mr. Manchin’s provisions.

“If it’s the Manchin s—- sandwich made worse to appease Republicans, I’m not going to choke that down,” Rep. Jared Huffman, California Democrat, told The Washington Times.

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