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Red tape is holding up dozens of key energy projects, new research shows

Manchin first introduced the Building American Energy Security Act in September 2022 after Congress passed, and President Biden signed, the Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation was billed as a necessary counterpart to the IRA, ensuring that green energy projects supported by that bill would receive quicker federal approvals.

After the legislation stalled, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agreed in December to attach it to the annual National Defense Authorization Act in a move that was supported by Biden and green energy groups but opposed by environmental groups. However, in a 47-47 vote in which 40 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the bill, the Senate rejected the amendment.

Thomas Catenacci is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

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