The Climate Solutions Caucus--which is led by two South Florida congressmen--continues to expand with five new members this week.
Founded by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., at the start of 2016, the Climate Solutions Caucus defines it mission as “to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
Curbelo and Deutch announced five new members this week as U.S. Reps. Eliot Engel, D-NY, Ron Kind, D-Wisc., Tom MacArthur, R-NJ, Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., joined bringing the caucus to 78 members.
“Now 78 members strong, the Climate Solutions Caucus is evidence that there is a growing, diverse, and bipartisan coalition of members of Congress ready to put politics aside and find meaningful solutions to the challenges posed by sea level rise and climate change,” Curbelo said on Thursday. “We have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I’m grateful these new Members are willing to step up and turn their concern into action by joining and welcome their valuable input. This growing coalition will be critical to ensuring Congress makes finding solutions to this issue a priority.”
“Last year, intense weather systems devastated communities across our country, from Puerto Rico to California,” Deutch said. “More and more Americans are suffering from worsening weather patterns as a result of climate change. The growth in size and regional diversity of this caucus is a reflection of the broad consensus among Americans that climate change is an urgent issue that demands action by Congress. As we gear up for hurricane season, I welcome this bipartisan support from my colleagues for the Caucus’ efforts to address the growing threats of climate change.”
Besides the two founders, there are five other members of the Florida delegation in the caucus: Republican U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrats U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Stephanie Murphy.
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