Manchin says opposition to his permitting plan is ‘revenge’ for backing Inflation Reduction Act

Sen. Joe Manchin tore into Republicans and the liberal left for seeking ‘revenge’ on him by opposing his permitting reform plan as he announced the final text of the bill will be released Wednesday. 

‘I’ve been around for a long time and state politics and federal politics. I’ve never seen stranger bedfellows than Bernie Sanders and the the extreme liberal left siding up with Republican leadership’, the West Virginia Democrat said in a news conference Tuesday. 

‘What I’m hearing is it’s like a revenge politics,’ Manchin said. ‘Basically revenge towards one person – me. I’m thinking, this is not about me.’ 

He called out his Democratic colleague from Vermont specifically: ‘Bernie has never supported anything about permitting reforms,’ Manchin said. He held up a piece of paper that had been passed around the room showing common permitting timelines for energy and minerals projects throughout the world. In the U.S., it typically takes 5-10 years to obtain a permit; in Canada and…

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