Democrats sense now or never moment on climate legislation
Ben Geman, Axios
Oct 4, 2021
Democrats and advocates pushing for big climate investments in reconciliation legislation will likely need to scale down their ambitions even as they emphasize the global stakes of the fluid Capitol Hill talks.
The big picture: Democrats and the White House face the tricky task of crafting a social spending and clean energy plan that will be significantly smaller than progressives have envisioned.
· Democrats will likely need to cut significantly the $3.5 trillion plan crafted in the House as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) calls for a $1.5 trillion ceiling.
· But how that affects climate initiatives compared to other areas like child care and health is unknown for now.
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