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Manchin Blames ‘Revenge Politics’ for GOP Balking on Bill

  • Manchin has estimated he needs as many as 20 GOP votes
  • Permitting reform plan facing push back from GOP, progressives
Senator Joe Manchin 

Senator Joe Manchin 

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg
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Senator Joe Manchin pleaded for Republican support to help pass his plan to fast-track energy permitting projects Tuesday as the prospects for his legislation falter amid pushback from the GOP lawmakers and progressive Democrats. 

The legislation, which Manchin said would be released Wednesday, is slated for inclusion on a must-pass stopgap funding bill needed to keep the government operating past the end of this month. But the West Virginia Democrat said Republicans are opposing legislation they would typically support as political payback for his pivotal vote on Democrats’ climate and spending legislation.