WASHINGTON – Climate is a hot topic in Congress.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted down a measure parallel to progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal, by a vote of 57-0, with all 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 1 Independent voting nay while 43 Democrats voted present.
Additionally, Democrats had attempted to put forth a resolution that would create a bipartisan Senate committee on climate change. Senate Republicans blocked that resolution.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, argued that this committee would “essentially try to strip” his panel of its authority and that the resolution “is an attempt by the Democrats to once again duck and dodge and distant themselves from the Green New Deal.”
Then Wednesday, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), flanked by 10 senior democratic senators, announced a new Democratic Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. Rep. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), the designated leader, declared:
Later Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans pushed back against Democratic climate initiatives, declaring them to be economically devastating.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) created the House Energy Action Team, or HEAT, and declared from the House Triangle, “When a leftist bill is too radical even for Barack Obama, you know it must be bad policy.
Looking forward, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is trying to force President Donald Trump return the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement with the introduction of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill