"Climate Change Became the Largest Part of Biden Spending Bill"

"As paid family leave and other priorities were taken out of the president’s plan, the largest piece became a $555 billion plan to fight climate change."

"WASHINGTON — Climate has emerged as the single largest category in President Biden’s new framework for a huge spending bill, placing global warming at the center of his party’s domestic agenda in a way that was hard to imagine just a few years ago.

As the bill was pared down from $3.5 trillion to $1.85 trillion, paid family leave, free community college, lower prescription drugs for seniors and other Democratic priorities were dropped — casualties of negotiations between progressives and moderates in the party. But $555 billion in climate programs remained.

It was unclear on Thursday if all Democrats will support the package, which will be necessary if it is to pass without Republican support in a closely divided Congress. Progressive Democrats in the House and two pivotal moderates in the Senate, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, did not explicitly endorse the president’s framework. But Mr. Biden expressed confidence that a deal was in sight."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times October 28, 2021.


"Democrats Release Reconciliation Outline; Divisions Remain" (E&E News)

"Factbox: What Are The Climate Change Provisions in the U.S. Budget Bill Framework" (Reuters)

"Biden's Proposed Reconciliation Framework Drops Clean Electricity Program, Methane Fee" (The Hill)

"Dems Jostle To Make Progress On Climate Ahead Of Biden Trip" (E&E News)

"Biden Implores Democrats to Support His Transformative Agenda" (New York Times)

"New Budget Deal Marks The Biggest Climate Investment In U.S. History" (Washington Post)

"Here’s How Biden Would Spend $555 Billion in Climate Funds" (Bloomberg Green)

"Climate Activists Cheer Biden Plan Though See Jockeying Ahead" (Bloomberg Environment)

"Merkley, Warren and Markey Sound Alarm Over 'Dirty' Hydrogen Provision In Climate Deal" (The Hill)

"Democrats Float New Methane Fee In Spending Bill" (Reuters)

"Solar Tax Breaks Will Be Included in U.S. Budget Proposal" (Bloomberg Environment)

Source: NYTimes, 10/29/2021