Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) “is betting that as many as 15 Senate Democrats will back a GOP-led bill that strips EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions,” The Hill reports.
His estimate of Democratic support is far above what is widely believed, and would put the measure – which may receive a Senate vote next week – on the brink of the 60 votes needed or over the top.
Manchin, in a West Virginia radio interview this morning, said he’s urging fellow Democrats to back Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) amendment to small business legislation.
“Other people might not, but I believe there’ll be 13 to 15 Democrats that will vote for it,” Manchin said on the “Hoppy Kercheval Show.”
The amendment is being offered to the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 493).