West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin learned Thursday that his Democratic colleagues couldn’t care less about permitting reform. Or at least he should have. Not one joined him in voting for Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan’s Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse a Biden rule that raised regulatory roadblocks to public works and private projects, including fossil-fuel development.
The resolution passed 50-47 with Republicans voting unanimously in support. Two Democrats and a Republican were absent. The CRA allows a simple majority of both chambers to pass a resolution of disapproval to kill a rule recently finalized, but the resolution must still get the President’s signature.