"Top Dems Weigh Adding Permitting Reform To Defense Bill"

"Democratic leaders are trying to slip controversial permitting provisions developed by Sen. Joe Manchin into the latest version of the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The sources, who were granted anonymity to speak candidly about the matter, said lawmakers were maneuvering over the weekend to get the provisions included in the final version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

It would be a last-second win for Manchin, who was promised a vote on his permitting overhaul in exchange for his support for the Inflation Reduction Act in August."

Kelsey Brugger, Nick Sobczyk, and Nico Portuondo report for E&E News December 5, 2022.

Source: E&E News, 12/05/2022