Support from key senator guarantees Biden approval of his climate plan

Support from key senator guarantees Biden approval of his climate plan

Senator from Arizona (USA) Kyrsten Sinema announced this Thursday her support for the fiscal and environmental plan defended by the country’s president, Joe Biden, which guarantees its approval and represents an important victory for the Democratic president.

In a statement, the senator, belonging to the most conservative wing of the Democratic Party, announced her support for the plan promoted by Biden, after a clause that would have fiscally harmed private investors was eliminated from it.

“Tonight we have taken a decisive step to reduce inflation and the cost of living for American families. The law also promotes the largest investment in history to combat climate change and increase energy security,” Biden said in a statement. after learning of Sinema’s decision.

The plan already received the approval last week of another key Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, who reached an agreement with the Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, to support the legislative initiative.

The bill contemplates more than 669,000 million dollars to reduce the deficit, to energy security programs and to fight against climate change in the next decade.

That amount is substantially less than the 3 trillion dollars that the most leftist wing of the Democrats initially aspired to advance, but it represents a boost for progressives a few months before the mid-term elections in which their majorities are at stake. in both houses of Congress.

In early July, Manchin had told his party colleagues that he was not going to support Biden’s plans on climate change policies and tax increases.

These two provisions are a priority in the package that Biden and the Democrats want to approve before the legislative elections in November to try to gain some breath in an electoral race that is tremendously complicated, with the president’s approval rating at a minimum.

The bill also contemplates extending three years, until 2025, the program to lower the price and expand affordable health coverage.

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