Manchin's speech came just ahead of a Senate vote on the resolution. The resolution, authored by Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Senators slam Pentagon officials Generals contradict Biden, say they advised leaving troops in Afghanistan LIVE COVERAGE: Senators press military leaders on Afghanistan MORE (R-Okla.), would remove new EPA standards to reduce mercury and other toxic emissions from coal power plants.
"I thank my colleague Sen. Inhofe for introducing this important resolution to send a resolution to the EPA," Manchin said.
Manchin said the EPA had "truly gone too far" with the resolution.
"From the day I arrived in the Senate I've been determined to stop the EPA's job-killing agenda and this resolution of disapproval takes an important step to reign in this out-of-control agency," Manchin said.
Manchin's comments stand in strong conflict with other Democrats', including from fellow West Virginia Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerHumorless politics a sad sign of our times Bottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease MORE, who made a floor speech and issued a statement earlier in the day expressing strong opposition to the resolution.
"I don’t support this Resolution of Disapproval because it does nothing to embrace coal’s potential," Rockefeller said. "It moves us backward, not forward. And unless this industry aggressively leans into the future, coal miners will lose the most."
Because of Democratic opposition, Inhofe's resolution will likely fail even though it can't be filibustered.
—This story was updated at 11:42 a.m.