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Schumer vs. Manchin

2:18 PM, Apr 1, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Earlier this week, Democratic senator Chuck Schumer said that funding limitations on the EPA and Planned Parenthood would be deal-breakers in budget negotiations:

"The bottom line is that whether it's Planned Parenthood or EPA, we will not accept those riders," Schumer said on MSNBC. "And any thought to the contrary is wrong."

Just how "extreme" is the EPA rider? Joe Manchin says up to 15 Senate Democrats may side with Republicans and vote for it:   

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is betting that as many as 15 Senate Democrats will back a GOP-led bill that strips EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions.

His estimate of Democratic support is far above what is widely believed and would put the measure — which might receive a Senate vote next week — on the brink of the 60 votes needed or over the top.

Manchin, in a West Virginia radio interview this morning, said he’s urging fellow Democrats to back Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) amendment to small-business legislation. 

“Other people might not, but I believe there’ll be 13 to 15 Democrats that will vote for it,” Manchin said on the “Hoppy Kercheval Show.”

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