Sanders and Progressives willing to shut down the government for climate
Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s willing to shut down the government for the sake of the climate, and he’s not alone. He along with 59 members of the House Progressive caucus say they are deeply concerned about permitting provisions for oil and gas leases that are set to be included in an upcoming government spending package that needs to be approved by September 30th, or the government will run out of funding and shut down.
In a soon to be released letter, the house progressive caucus wrote: “Such a move would force Members to choose between protecting EJ communities from further pollution or funding the government. We urge you to ensure that these provisions are kept out of a continuing resolution or any other must-pass legislation this year.”
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS says: “Today I beg of my colleagues that of this moment when the future of the world is literally at stake, that at this moment we have the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed Wednesday that he intends to add the permitting reform to the continuing resolution they hope will fund the government through December. This side deal was made between Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin to get the Inflation Reduction Act approved. Manchin says it will streamline energy projects. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.