Senate Democrats removed language on comprehensive permitting reform from an emergency government funding bill passed late Tuesday in a defeat for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and the natural gas industry.


Manchin had voted in favor of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) on the condition that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) include an overhaul of the permitting system in a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government and avoid a potential shutdown.

Schumer stayed true to his word, but opposition to Manchin’s bill from Republicans and progressive Democrats alike meant it would not receive the filibuster-proof 60 votes needed to survive.

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