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December 13, 2021

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Biden Aims to Win Pivotal Democrat’s Support for $2 Trillion Spending Plan

By Natalie Andrews and Richard Rubin, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:30:46

President Biden this week will lobby Sen. Joe Manchin, the centrist West Virginia Democrat, in an attempt to lock in a deal on a roughly $2 trillion social-policy and climate bill that Democrats hope to finish by Christmas. Passage hinges largely on the support of Mr. Manchin, who hasn’t endorsed the legislation. He has repeatedly raised concerns about the cost of the bill and the potential effect of new government spending on inflation. Messrs. Biden and Manchin plan to talk early this week, a Senate aide said.
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Reconciliation Bill

Senate Democrats release updated reconciliation tax plan

By Timothy Cama, George Cahlink, Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:31:35

Senate Democrats released a core piece of their $1.7 trillion social spending and climate bill this weekend as they try to stick to a self-imposed Christmas deadline to pass the legislation. At the same time, Republicans are warning about the total cost of the bill, pointing to a recent Congressional Budget Office study they requested that found the bill would cost $3 trillion over 10 years if all the provisions were made permanent. [ read more … ]

Byrd is the word

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:30:09

The Senate is poised to begin bipartisan meetings with the parliamentarian this week, where both parties will haggle over what provisions belong in the budget reconciliation bill and what provisions violate the Byrd rule that restricts measures that do not directly affect spending or revenues. [ read more … ]


Grid operators: Leading or stalling the energy transition?

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:31:18

The path to a carbon-free power grid runs through the nation’s capital, but not without stops in less obvious places like Carmel, Ind., and Valley Forge, Pa. The Indianapolis and Philadelphia suburbs are mission control for the two largest regional grid operators — the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and PJM Interconnection. Together, their territories span 1.2 million square miles and are home to power plants responsible for almost half of the power sector’s carbon emissions. [ read more … ]


GM Plans More Than $3 Billion for Electric-Vehicle Projects in Michigan

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:29:50

General Motors Co. GM -3.05% plans to invest more than $3 billion to make electric vehicles in Michigan, people familiar with the matter said, a potential win for the car maker’s home state after recent commitments of auto projects to Southern states. GM is finalizing plans for two electric-vehicle projects in Michigan. One would convert its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit to serve as its hub for production of electric pickup trucks, the people with knowledge of the plans said. The renovation would cost at least $2 billion and would be expected to create more than 1,500 jobs at the factory, which today is lightly used, the people said. [ read more … ]

US electric vehicle charging network strategy being released

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-12-13 15:30:29

The Biden administration is set to release a federal strategy Monday to implement an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and ultimately transform the U.S. auto industry. The $1 trillion infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed last month authorizes the charging stations and sets aside $5 billion for states, with a goal to build a national charging network. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities. [ read more … ]


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