Manchin, Republicans target Biden’s new NEPA rule

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/09/2024 06:37 AM EDT

Critics are moving to undo the administration’s effort to revamp environmental reviews.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is joining Republicans in trying to scrap one of President Joe Biden's top environmental initiatives. Francis Chung/POLITICO

President Joe Biden’s legacy-making bid to rework the permitting process has run into bipartisan resistance on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, a trio of House and Senate lawmakers announced plans to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s latest revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act’s implementing regulations.

The action, intended to speed up permits as well as take heed of climate change and marginalized communities for large-scale infrastructure projects, could help turn the key on the administration’s build-out of renewable energy across the country.


But Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) as well as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) want to ax the regulation, arguing it will slow down permitting instead.