This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Joe Biden’s $740-billion package tackling climate, the deficit and health care that has just passed the Senate and is almost certain now to become law is a far cry from his original even bigger ambitions, but it still represents a major triumph for the president.
The bill — the Inflation Reduction Act — was virtually dead in the water before a last-minute turnaround by the conservative West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin saw it suddenly revived.
It then endured another round of political horse-trading as it navigated the choppy waters of a 50-50 split Senate. But, being carried by a tie-breaking vote from Biden’s vice-president, Kamala…