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Gas Pipeline Dealt a Blow as Manchin Withdraws Energy-Permitting Bill

  • Schumer says negotiations on permitting bill to continue
  • GOP says they want more input in bill after being excluded
Senator Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg
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A US government funding bill was stripped of an effort to speed up the federal approval process for energy projects, dealing a major setback to efforts to fast-track the approval of energy infrastructure including a stalled $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he agreed to a request by Senator Joe Manchin to remove permitting reform language from the stopgap government spending bill after it became clear the measure didn’t have the votes needed to advance. In a vote immediately after the decision was announced, the bill had enough support to advance in the Senate.