But several key Senate Republicans resisted the attempt to add it to the defense measure.
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said he would vote against his panel’s bill, which is named for him, if the permitting legislation was attached.
“It doesn’t belong there. That’s not what the bill is about,” said Inhofe, who is retiring at the end of this Congress.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats were trying to add a grab bag of their priorities “with no relationship whatsoever to defense.”
“My colleagues across the aisle need to cut their unrelated hostage-taking and put a bipartisan NDAA on the floor,” he said.
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Some progressive Democrats in the House had vowed to block the defense bill from coming to the floor if it includes the permitting language.
“Thanks to the hard-fought persistence and vocal opposition of environmental justice communities all across the country, the Dirty Deal has finally been laid to rest,” House Natural Resources Chair Raul Grijalva said.
Manchin blasted the decision to exclude his measure from the defense bill.
“Our energy infrastructure is under attack and America’s energy security has never been more threatened,” he said in a statement.
The permitting proposal is anathema to environmental groups who say it represents a betrayal by Democrats on climate issues, but Democratic leadership has advocated for its inclusion in the defense bill, according to people familiar with the matter. The White House also said on Monday that Biden supports its addition to the defense bill.
A bid to attach the energy-permitting package was dropped from must-pass government funding legislation in the Senate earlier this year after it became apparent it didn’t a have the votes.