Mr Biden has pushed the message that America is “back” on climate after his predecessor Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement and mostly flouted government mandates on climate change. But in a Senate that is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, passing legislation on climate will be incredibly difficult.
As a result, Democrats’ only likely course of climate action would be through their planned social spending bill. Democrats plan to pass it through an arcane process known as budget reconciliation, which would allow them to pass a bill with only 51 votes as long as it is related to spending.
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