"‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward"

"Some Democrats want to forge ahead with a stand-alone climate bill, but their solution could mean abandoning other parts of President Biden’s agenda."

"WASHINGTON — A growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition.

Faced with the possibility that Democrats could lose control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, the party is now looking to salvage what it can from the $2.2 trillion Build Back Better Act. The sweeping climate-change and social-policy bill passed the House but came to a halt last month when Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Democrat and swing vote in the Senate, said he opposed it.

But Mr. Manchin has suggested that he might back various climate provisions in the legislation, leading some Democrats to say the party should regroup around a climate bill.

“The bottom line is that we are running out of time and the only thing that can pass is a package that has the votes,” said Senator Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts and a leading proponent of climate action in Congress."

Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman report for the New York Times January 20, 2022.


"Biden Says Democrats Can Pass 'Big Chunks' Of Build Back Better, Including Climate" (Washington Post)

"Democrats Scramble To Resurrect ‘Chunks’ Of $2 Trillion Spending Plan Backed by Biden" (Washington Post)

"With Broad Safety Net Bill Stalled, Democrats Weigh What to Salvage" (New York Times)

"Scaled Down Spending Bill to Leave Leftovers Hunting New Paths" (Bloomberg Environment)

Source: NYTimes, 01/21/2022