Manchin says text for permitting deal coming soon

By Kelsey Brugger | 05/22/2024 06:23 AM EDT

“We’re on track. We’re going to move,” the Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair said.

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

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) speaking with reporters earlier this month. He said language for a new permitting overhaul bill could come as soon as next week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin suggested Tuesday his big permitting overhaul package was just about ready for public consumption.

At a hearing on electricity demand, the West Virginia Democrat was emphatic that the permitting draft package he’s been working on with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the committee’s ranking member, was just about ready to be dropped off on lawmakers’ desks.

“We finally have language,” Manchin said. “And maybe we can finally get our act together.”


But afterward, a Barrasso aide who was granted anonymity to speak freely clarified the deal isn’t done — and that the work is ongoing.