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Another Manchin-shaped torpedo – POLITICO

With an assist from Sarah Ferris

OOPS, HE DID IT AGAIN — No one can chain their fellow Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin.

The centrist West Virginia Democrat single-handedly rejected his party’s stripped-down proposals for new spending to tackle climate change and tax hikes for big business and wealthy individuals, two key items on the agenda Democrats they hoped to accomplish before the midterms.

The revelation shattered the fragile scaffolding of a larger deal that had been in the works for months between Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), who were in one-on-one negotiations .

“Sen. Manchin believes it is time for leaders to set aside political agendas, reassess and adapt to the economic realities facing the country to avoid taking actions that fuel the fire of inflation. said Sam Runyon, spokesperson for Manchin.

Will it (or won’t it): Manchin said ‘unequivocally’ in a meeting with Schumer that he would only support provisions to reduce prescription drug costs for the elderly and a two-year extension of health insurance premium subsidies. for a party line forfeit under special rules to circumvent the filibuster.

Democrats could accept this deal, although it falls well short of what they intended to achieve. They hope to avoid the large increases in health insurance premiums that are expected to take effect for Americans this fall. And the drug pricing provisions could at least give them a long-awaited victory.

Progressives are furious at Manchin’s refusal to commit to climate provisions.

“Rage keeps me from crying. Resolve keeps me from despair. We will not allow a future of climate catastrophe. I believe in the power of the Green New Deal. The power of young people. I am with you. We will not give up. not,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted.

The WaPo scoop: Manchin says he won’t support new climate spending or tax hikes for the rich, by Tony Romm and Jeff Stein. And more from Burgess: Manchin rejects climate, tax elements of bill to Dem party line

RELATED: Here’s How the Democrats’ Big National Agenda Bill Diminishedby Emily Cochrane at the New York Times

YOU WILL SUFFER, BUT YOU ARE HAPPY — In the House, Democrats will be in shock today. Jordain and Sarah explain how tired they are of the lower house’s treatment, having to “gobble up everything the Senate gives them on two of the party’s biggest bills in order to pass one or the other.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus: “It’s very difficult if the Senate finishes something and they come here. This takes away a lot of leverage. It makes it kind of a yes-no question, as opposed to a “what more can we get?” question. … There is always the ‘no’ option. It is the ultimate lever. She told Sarah and Jordain that before Manchin threw the hammer on the climate and tax provisions, but that this development risks further worsening House Democrats’ view of the Senate.

More from Sarah and Jordan: House Dems bristle at approval of Senate deals – again

TGIF! Welcome to Huddle, the in-depth guide to all things Capitol Hill, this Friday, July 15, where the Manch-o-Meter is off the charts.

ROE, ROE, ROE VOTESToday the House will take the first of at least half a dozen votes in response to the Dobbs decision. Today: Codify the right to abortion (again) and protect the right to cross state lines to receive abortion care.

Next: Data confidentiality, protection of access to contraception and codification of the right to same-sex marriage.

Some Democrats want party leaders to do even more — not courier bills. As Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) pointed out at a private caucus meeting this week, voters at home want more of a strategy than just telling people to get out and vote again. . He urged Democrats to try a more piecemeal approach — drop a bill on the floor that protects abortion when a woman’s life is in danger. Then a bill that protects abortion for victims of rape and incest. Etc.

“I think if you believe there is a way to codify Roe, by all means, let’s do it. But there isn’t. So let’s do what we can to save lives,” Himes told us when asked about the caucus discussion. His constituents in suburban Connecticut, he said, want more of a ground fight.

“The plan of attack right now isn’t very good, at least in my district,” Himes said of Democrats’ tactics in general.

Other senior Democrats, however, have said they have no plans to go in that direction. As President Nancy Pelosi (D-California) told reporters, “We’re not going to negotiate a woman’s right to choose.”

From Sarah and Marianne: The Dems base wants a simple Roe fight. It becomes complex instead.

ASSAULT WEAPONS – The House Judiciary Committee will pass an assault weapons ban next week, which would prohibit the ‘importation, sale, manufacture or transfer’ of semi-automatic rifles with certain ‘military characteristics’, including magazines bulky or detachable. It would have no impact on weapons already in American hands. Pelosi discussed the decision to act on the measure, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (DR.I.), with Democratic leaders Thursday night, according to sources familiar with the meeting. The move signals a shift, given that just weeks ago there wasn’t enough support to move the measure. Cicilline has worked for months to reduce “no” votes in the Democratic caucus, and while there is no solid whip count, he has made progress.

EAT FRENCH FRIES – “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told senators to expect votes as early as Tuesday to move forward on $52 billion in initial funding for chip factories, as well as a tax credit for Semiconductor production underway, a person familiar with the plans said. Any move would delight vulnerable Democrats who have pressed party leaders to break the impasse over the bill, which lawmakers have spent nearly two years crafting,” write Andrew and Gavin Bade.

In the House, Pelosi and the Democratic leadership team discussed introducing the standalone “CHIPS-plus” bill as soon as next week, Sarah reported last night. But what exactly would be included is still under discussion.

IMPOSSIBLE TO START A FIRE WITHOUT A SPARTZ“Victoria Spartz took over the mantle of the GOP by helping Kyiv in the spring. Now her fellow lawmakers fear she is undermining the effort,” write Andrew and Olivia.

“Within the House GOP Conference, there is a widespread fear that his posture will damage US-Ukraine relations at the worst possible time – and that it will be played by forces that aim to weaken the Western alliance. GOP national security hawks also fear that their party’s MAGA wing, where there is already resistance to supporting Ukraine, will invoke Spartz’s comments as vindication.


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Lauren Boebert’s gun-themed restaurant, Shooters Grill, is closingby Azi Paybarah at the New York Times

Senate Leader Schumer met with Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith to discuss tech antitrust billsfrom Nihal Krishan to FedScoop

Meet the Senate's 78-year-old Instagram Influencer","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-0321-d4b0-adfb-d36748940009","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-0321-d4b0-adfb-d3674894000a","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}" rel="noopener">Meet the 78-year-old Senate Instagram influencerby Noah Pransky at LX News in Brunswick, Maine

“Dear White Staffers” Speaks: Inside Capitol Hill’s Organizing Effortfrom Pablo Manríquez to The New Republic


Laurel Sakai is now national director of public policy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She previously served as Deputy Director of Health Policy for the Senate HELP Committee and is an alumnus of Senate Veterans Affairs.


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