Joe Manchin and GOP Use Dianne Feinstein to Checkmate Biden, Overturn His Truck Rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has joined Republicans to overturn a rule from Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration that seeks to limit emissions from heavy-duty trucks.

The move was made possible because Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is still recovering from the shingles.

Manchin said:  “I am proud to support this resolution to stop this government overreach.

“The last couple of years have shown that truck drivers keep our country moving.

“However, the Biden Administration wants to burden the trucking industry with oppressive regulations that will increase prices by thousands of dollars and push truck drivers and small trucking companies out of business

“When our country faces record-high inflation and vulnerable supply chains, we cannot let the EPA continue to seize unrestrained power and create regulations that devastate our economy.”

The Senate passed S.J.Res.11, Fischer Trucking Emissions CRA, by a vote of 50-49.

Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna (D-PA) was furious over the move and called for Feinstein to step down.

He said: “Because Senator Feinstein was absent, the Senate overturned a Biden rule that would cut pollution from heavy-duty trucks and causes harm to people’s lungs.

“We are putting decorum over democracy and our values.

“It’s time for Senator Feinstein to step down gracefully.”

Feinstein released a statement on April 12th that said:

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“When I was first diagnosed with shingles, I expected to return by the end of the March work period.

“Unfortunately, my return to Washington has been delayed due to continued complications related to my diagnosis.

“I intend to return as soon as possible once my medical team advises that it’s safe for me to travel.

“In the meantime, I remain committed to the job and will continue to work from home in San Francisco.

“I understand that my absence could delay the important work of the Judiciary Committee, so I’ve asked Leader Schumer to ask the Senate to allow another Democratic senator to temporarily serve until I’m able to resume my committee work.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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