NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is now being praised by Democrats who want comprehensive climate change legislation after months of criticism from progressive Democrats for killing the Build Back Better plan.
An agreement on a reconciliation package was announced by Manchin on Wednesday. It includes significant investments in the development of renewable energy and healthcare while earning money through increased corporation taxes and stronger IRS enforcement. The Inflation Reduction Act, according to Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would raise $739 billion, invest $433 billion in climate projects with the goal of cutting carbon pollution by around 40% by 2030 and prescription drug programs, all while lowering the deficit.
Many left-wing Democrats have praised Manchin’s plan as the largest climate initiative ever after criticizing him for months for holding the Build Back Better agenda and climate action hostage.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota and a member of “the Squad,” tweeted Schumer’s announcement of the agreement with the following simple approval: Love to watch it.
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The law was hailed as “the biggest climate action in human history” by Sen. Brian Schatz, a climate hawk from Hawaii.
“$370 billion will be invested in clean tech, renewable energy, clean transportation, energy storage, agriculture, and home electrification. The earth is ablaze. Let’s finish it “Tweeted Schatz.
Through initiatives including tax credits for the production of green energy, the use of electric trucks and buses, and rebate schemes for domestic renewable energy consumption, the law includes investments to “decarbonize the economy.” A further $60 billion is included in the bill for “environmental justice goals,” such as block grants “to alleviate disproportionate environmental and public health damages associated to pollution and climate change.”
One of the most prominent progressive voices in Congress, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who claimed Manchin was not a true Democrat and “betrayed” President Biden by sabotaging the Build Back Better plan in December, promptly came out in support of Manchin’s most recent legislation.
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She stated on Thursday’s episode of CNN’s “New Day” that every single provision of the measure was a “huge success” that would help Americans lower prices, safeguard the environment for future generations, and ensure that people’s healthcare wasn’t interrupted over the next 30 days.
While there were many things left out, Jayapal said, “this would be a great accomplishment and it would serve the American people.” She also expressed gratitude to Manchin for changing her mind.
“Am I pleased that Joe Manchin is presently seated at the table? Absolutely. Greetings, Joe Manchin. I’m forward to work with you “She spoke.
Even the outspoken Sunrise Movement, which has organized multiple climate protests against both Democrats and Republicans, called for Congress to enact the legislation right away and criticized Manchin for benefitting from fossil fuels and holding “life-saving climate legislation hostage.”
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a supporter of the Green New Deal, welcomed the bill as an important step toward addressing climate change.
He tweeted, “I’m delighted that this draft includes my measures on environmental justice mapping, billions in funds to create a national climate bank that prioritizes disadvantaged communities, and incentives for domestic clean energy like offshore wind as we work to finish this law.