FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that OPEC+’s decision to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day shows the United States needs to invest more in its own resources, a week after its energy permit reform. bill blocked in the Senate.
“Today’s announcement from OPEC+ confirms why the United States must be independent and energy secure so that we cannot be bullied by foreign adversaries,” Manchin, DW.Va., said at Fox News Digital. “We are blessed with an abundance of domestic energy resources, which we can produce cleaner than anywhere else in the world, and with that we have the ability to provide energy independence and security for ourselves and our allies.”
He added, “This announcement should serve to further motivate my colleagues in Congress to come to the table to enact comprehensive, bipartisan reform to reduce our dependence on these foreign nations.”
Manchin reached an agreement last month with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., vote for the Democrats’ social spending and tax bill in exchange for Schumer bringing in energy permit reform for a vote in the Senate. They intended to attach a Manchin license reform proposal to a “continuing resolution” to temporarily finance the government until after the elections.
But Republicans angry with Manchin for backing the social spending and tax bill, and progressives who don’t want to facilitate energy projects, have joined forces against the bill. They had enough votes to keep the funding bill from passing the 60-vote filibuster threshold as long as Manchin’s proposal was there.
Manchin says he will continue to look for ways to push through authorization reform, and some senators believe the chamber could use the upcoming defense funding bill as a means to do so.
The permit reform bill isn’t the only major energy issue Manchin has addressed in recent months — and he’s often been willing to criticize President Biden when other Democrats aren’t.
“We can’t take this seriously enough,” Manchin said during a March hearing with members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “So to deny or erect barriers to natural gas projects and the benefits they provide while Putin is actively and effectively using energy as an economic and political weapon against our allies is simply unconscionable.”
A few days later at an energy conference in Houston, Manchin attacked Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick for allegedly slow energy pipelines, demanding that Glick “do your fucking job”.