Manchin replied that he, too, has tried. Last year, he and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed a similar measure.
The Democratic majority in the Senate shot it down, leaving the EPA free to act.
The EPA is using regulatory authority to write energy policy for the United States.
Manchin says he objects.
"You should not be able to regulate what's not been legislated," the senator said.
But the administration is doing precisely that - writing national energy policy through regulation. And the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to act. Raese, a quiet, successful Morgantown businessman, posted on his website - www.raeseforsenate.org - this observation with regard to Manchin:
He proposed, passed and signed West Virginia's own cap-and-trade measure in 2009.
Manchin also voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Obamacare in February 2011.
And as for stopping the EPA, Raese said of Manchin:
"It's your party, and even with a Democratic president and his appointed agency chief, you just can't get it done."
The Democratic-controlled Senate has provided no check and balance against the administration's damaging initiatives, and seems even less likely to do so in a second Obama term.
West Virginians like Manchin.
They don't know much about Raese, a lifelong conservative who is focused on economic growth and freedom.
But West Virginians control only one Senate seat this cycle, and a lot of them are going to think it over pretty carefully.
Fight for the senator?
Or fight for the country?
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.