Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) has received the highest Democratic spot on the Senate Power and Pure Assets Committee, amid fierce opposition from activists and a few potential 2020 presidential contenders who’ve voiced criticism of his file on environmental points.
The transfer was ratified Tuesday by members of the Senate Democratic caucus, Senate Minority Chief Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced.
In a press release, Manchin stated he was “excited for the chance to proceed to serve West Virginians on this new function.”
“The issues dealing with our nation are severe, and I’m dedicated to working with my colleagues on each side of the aisle to search out commonsense options for long-term complete power coverage that comes with an all-of-the-above technique and ensures our state and our nation are leaders within the power future,” he stated.
Intraparty battles over congressional committee assignments are often closed-door affairs that appeal to little consideration past Washington. However because the 2020 presidential discipline begins to take form, Manchin’s potential appointment had prompted opposition from figures together with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and billionaire activist Tom Steyer, two Democrats who’re overtly contemplating White Home bids.
“Democrats should provide a daring, optimistic path ahead — however Senator Manchin doesn’t provide that imaginative and prescient,” Steyer, a longtime proponent of efforts to fight local weather change, stated in a press release final week.
Manchin, who final month received reelection in coal-reliant West Virginia, has embraced a few of Trump’s environmental initiatives. In 2010, he drew nationwide consideration with a marketing campaign advert by which he actually shot the “cap-and-trade” local weather invoice.
As opposition to his elevation on the power panel mounted, Manchin lately provided one thing of an olive department to activists by voting in opposition to the affirmation of Trump appointee Bernard McNamee to serve on the Federal Power Regulatory Fee. Manchin, who had initially supported the Power Division official’s nomination, stated in a press release that McNamee, who was a part of a staff that drafted a plan to rescue the coal trade, didn’t have a powerful sufficient file on local weather change.
Some on the left had referred to as for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to dam Manchin by claiming the highest Democratic spot on the panel. However Sanders, a possible 2020 contender himself, is remaining in his spot as the highest Democrat on the Finances Committee, in keeping with the listing of committee assignments launched by Schumer on Tuesday.