WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will announce Wednesday new executive actions to address climate change as his legislative agenda to combat the crisis faced a setback in Congress.
The actions come as Congress appears unlikely to move on climate change. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., last week told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that he will not support a reconciliation bill — a legislative maneuver that would let Democrats pass a bill without Republican support — that has provisions addressing energy and climate or raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
Biden’s announcement comes after he’s faced increased pressure from climate activists and some Democrats on Capitol Hill.
After Manchin said he would not support the reconciliation package if it had provisions for climate change, Biden said he “won’t back down” and would issue climate executive actions.
If Biden announces a climate emergency in the coming weeks, it will allow the federal government to use certain funding to address climate change.
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