Thu Sep 22, 2022 AT 11:25 AM EDT
The controversial permitting reform bill unveiled by Sen. Joe Manchin late Wednesday faces a slim chance of passing the Senate next week, as Republicans don’t want to give the West Virginia Democrat a victory after he resurrected President Joe Biden’s tax and climate agenda in late July.
Republican senators said Wednesday they don’t expect it to pass if attached to a short-term government funding bill that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to bring to the floor next week.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult to do just because of the circumstances surrounding the deal that was made,” said Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., adding he wasn’t even sure “he’d have the support of Democrats” for the measure.
And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, “Predictably, this background deal is crumbling before our eyes,” referencing Schumer’s promise to pass Manchin’s permitting reform bill before the end of September. Read Full Story