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Manchin Tones Down Energy Bill Ahead of Key Senate Vote

  • Provision to alter part of Clean Water Act no longer in bill
  • Manchin is struggling to amass the votes to pass legislation
Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

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Senator Joe Manchin toned down his energy bill ahead of a pivotal Senate vote on Tuesday, axing proposed changes to an environmental law that would make it harder for states to block the construction of pipelines.

The change comes amid pushback from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers from both parties have voiced concerns. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, is struggling to amass enough votes to pass the underlying legislation, which seeks to speed up the permitting of energy infrastructure across the US.