US Democrats Battle over Climate Change Plans in $3.5 Trillion Bill

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has been an outspoken critic of the bill, saying it spends too much taxpayer money and contains climate change provisions that would hurt his state’s coal mining industry.

Richard Cowan and David Morgan, Reuters

Negotiators of a U.S. bill to invest up to $3.5 trillion to expand social programs and attack climate change gave hints of progress on Oct. 18, but some Democrats were resigned to the increasing likelihood that a proposal to reduce carbon emissions will be weakened or scrapped.

“Over the last weekend I held many productive conversations” with lawmakers and the White House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said. “We still have work to do,” he added, without providing details in a Senate floor speech.

The legislation is a pillar of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. He was set to speak on Oct. 18 with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, whose support for the wide-ranging proposal is key to its passage.

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