WASHINGTON — Following a survey of its members, the Congressional Progressive Caucus announced as its formal position the CPC’s opposition to the inclusion of the Senate-proposed energy permitting reform under consideration in the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act. 

In accordance with Caucus bylaws, this official position was adopted after a vote of the membership, with more than two-thirds voting in favor of the following formal position: “The Congressional Progressive Caucus opposes the inclusion of Senator Manchin’s permitting reform proposal in the FY23 NDAA.”

While many within the CPC are supportive of accelerating and expanding renewable energy transmission, progressives have raised objections to a specific approach under consideration that entrenches new fossil fuel infrastructure, undermines judicial independence, rolls back environmental protection law, and impedes frontline communities’ input or ability to contest polluting infrastructure in their areas, among other concerns.