Manchin says Reid vows cap-and-trade bill is dead

By Vicki Smith|Bloomberg

Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday that Democratic leadership has promised federal cap-and-trade legislation — which he famously shot with a rifle in a campaign ad — is dead.

In a teleconference with West Virginia reporters the day after his swearing-in, the former governor said he met with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Monday for a “heart-to-heart” about coal and other energy issues.

“I got his commitment that cap-and-trade will definitely not be on the agenda, and won’t be on the agenda during the next Congress,” Manchin said. “I have a deep commitment and a personal commitment from him that cap-and-trade is dead.”

Manchin, who was elected to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, assumed the office Monday as state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin became West Virginia’s acting governor.

Reid was re-elected to his Democratic leadership post by acclamation Tuesday morning, and Manchin said he would attend his first caucus Tuesday afternoon to discuss philosophies, including earmarks, with his fellow senators. A total of 23 Democratic senators are up for election in 2012.

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