Manchin has indicated he does not support the Biden-backed clean electricity demonstration program
Rape. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said Wednesday that if liberals succeed in blocking the Sen. will put pressure on.
Manchin has indicated he does not support the Biden-backed program, a $150 billion plan that would reward utility firms for transitioning to clean energy and penalize those that do not. Jayapal, chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, said the group’s “goal is to cut carbon” is built into the spending bill.
“If we can’t do CEPP, which it seems Sen. Manchin is saying, then we have to look at other ways,” Jayapal told reporters. “We thought CEPP was the best way to do it.”
Manchin says carbon tax isn’t on the table ‘right now’
The tough stance of the West Virginia senator has drawn criticism from progressives, who have insisted that the final spending bill should include significant investments in green energy programs. Manchin reportedly argued that the CEPP would reward firms for steps that many have already taken.
Democratic leaders are engaged in tense talks with liberal and progressive leaders to build a consensus on the spending bill. Jayapal and others have expressed optimism that a deal will be reached before the October 31 deadline, although major differences remain. Any final spending package is expected to fall far short of the $3.5 trillion target that Biden and progressives had initially envisioned.
At present, it is not clear which specific green energy proposals are being considered as an alternative to CEPP. Some Democrats have proposed a carbon tax that would charge firms based on their greenhouse gas emissions. However, Manchin has opposed that idea in the past as well.
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Asked earlier this week about the notion of a carbon tax in the final spending bill, Munchkin said it “isn’t on board yet.”