Two vulnerable House Democrats suggest support for Manchin-Schumer bill could be in jeopardy over energy tariff

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Two vulnerable House Democrats suggest their support for Manchin-Schumer’s social spending and tax bill may be uncertain after an energy tariff that would fine fossil fuel companies for their methane emissions was included in the draft Senate law.

The levy, known as the Inflation Reduction Act’s Methane Emissions Charge, has been a thorn in the side of some Democrats, specifically those who represent vulnerable Texas districts with a presence in the oil and gas industry heavy, and could end up being the deciding factor in whether or not the bill ultimately passes the House.

The bill, officially called the Inflation Reduction Act, that passed the Senate over the weekend could face doom if only a handful of House Democrats join Republicans in voting against it.

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuéllar, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez and then-Rep. Filemon Vela wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year complaining about the fee, which was included in the previous version of the House’s “Build Back Better” legislation. unfairly to the oil and gas companies” and that it would harm the capacity of the Chamber. USA to be competitive in the global energy market.

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Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is seen after a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is seen after a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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It’s unclear whether Gonzalez and Cuéllar’s opposition to the fee has faded after the watered-down version of the bill passed the Senate with the fee included, and both appear to be waiting to see how the talks surrounding it they stir as the week progresses.

“My priority is to make sure this bill does not raise energy prices or hinder American energy jobs at such a critical time,” Gonzalez told The Texas Tribune over the weekend . “These are the people and values ​​I represent and will continue to fight for.”

However, he admitted that “there were still relevant provisions” it contained.

In a separate statement to Fox News Digital, Gonzalez expressed optimism about the bill, calling it “much needed” and saying it contained provisions that would help certain constituents. However, he did not say that he would support it in its current form.

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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy with testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the Rayburn Building on 27 of February 2018.

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy with testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the Rayburn Building on 27 of February 2018.
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“Democrats continue to deliver for the American people. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House as we return to Washington to work on this much-needed legislation,” he said.

“There are provisions in this bill that will help our seniors and people on fixed incomes, such as lowering prescription drug prices and limiting insulin for those on Medicare. I will make sure to fight for the Texans of the south and I will make sure no one is left behind,” he said. added

Fox News Digital also reached out to Cuellar for comment, but did not hear back by press time.

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