Tom Steyer becomes latest potential White House hopeful to oppose Sen. Joe Manchin for Senate Energy spot
Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer said Thursday that Sen. Joe Manchin III should not be elevated to ranking minority member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, becoming the latest potential 2020 White House contender to oppose the West Virginia Democrat, who has embraced some of President Trump’s environmental initiatives. Jay Inslee (D) said Manchin “simply can’t be trusted to make the bold, progressive decisions we need” on the committee. “Democrats must offer a bold, positive path forward — but Senator Manchin does not offer that vision and should not be the Democratic leader on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee,” Steyer said. Some activists are calling for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to block Manchin by claiming the top Democratic spot on the energy committee. But Sanders, a potential 2020 contender himself, is expected to remain in his spot as the top Democrat on the Budget Committee instead.