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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:08 AM

Manchin's likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives



Manchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives

By Miranda Green and Timothy Cama - 12/06/18 06:00 AM EST

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is likely going to be the top-ranking Democrat on a powerful energy committee in the next Congress — and that is not sitting well with various voices on the left.

The West Virginia centrist narrowly won his midterm election by championing the coal industry and emphasizing his relationship with President Trump. He is favored to be the ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of Energy and Interior Department.

But progressive politicians including Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and potential 2020 hopeful Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) want Senate Democratic leaders, namely Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), to override the rules to circumvent Manchin.

“At this moment it is simply intolerable and unacceptable for the U.S. Senate to have a senator who is unalterably opposed to the cap-and-trade system and other measures that we worked so hard to advance as climate policy against climate denial,” Inslee told The Hill.


While the Energy Committee doesn’t have a direct say on issues like climate change, it plays important roles in areas like federal land and energy policy. The ranking member is expected to try to stop objectionable nominees, attempts to waive environmental laws for logging or oil drilling and perform other tasks.

“The ranking member is a backstop to extreme measures,” said a former committee aide. “Some of the concern would be, if no one is pushing back, then it’s like there’s no minority power.”


With Senate committee leadership established by seniority, Manchin could only feasibly be denied the position in two ways: another senior senator vies for the job or Schumer disregards the rules and appoints someone else.

But the four Democrats who would be eligible to fill the position aren’t interested......................................

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:06 AM

1. AOC should be more concerned about the House

She really should butt out of the business of the Senate. She has no right to demand that Joe Manchin not be allowed a leadership role that he is entitled to. Would she be ok if the same demands were made to remove a progressive Senator from a leadership position? When we start punishing members who hold a different ideological view, then we are no better than Republicans.

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