Washington, DC – As the Senate continues debating amendments to the proposed budget resolution, and with Republican Senators advocating for amendments that would undermine efforts to protect the environment and public health, a group of pro-climate Senators will offer a series of proposals to push back on those efforts and address the effects of manmade climate change.
The following amendments either have been filed or will be filed:
“This budget already sacrifices Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and countless other programs for our seniors and working class families. We can't allow Republicans to give polluters a pass and sacrifice our environment to benefit their fossil fuel cronies,” said Markey. “We just had the hottest year on record, and it is time to turn up the political heat on climate deniers in the Senate and to put forward policies that will cut pollution and increase jobs.”
“What the scientific community tells us is that if we do not get our act together, the planet that we're going to be leaving for our kids and grandchildren will be substantially less habitable than the planet that we enjoy,” said Sanders. “We have a moral responsibility to respond to this crisis and we have to use every tool that we can in our arsenal.”
“This budget does not provide direct support to help communities that are suffering from the growing impacts of climate change,” Senator Boxer said. “We know climate change and rising temperatures will lead to increased ground level ozone and smog, and air pollutants from wildfires, and more heat-related and flood-related deaths. We must ensure resources are provided to help prepare for and respond to these dangerous impacts.”
“With leading Republicans such as Senator Cruz continuing to deny the science and ignore the effects of climate change, these amendments will give us an important opportunity to remind our colleagues of the ways in which our home states are being harmed by climate change every day,” Whitehouse said. “And it will also be an opportunity for Republicans to demonstrate to the American people whether they are ready truly ready to govern and address big issues, or whether they will continue to shirk their governing responsibilities to protect their fossil-fuel friends.”
“Taking action to solve climate change is an opportunity to protect our families from the impacts we are already feeling while also ensuring that our economy stays strong. That’s why my colleagues and I are going to keep pressing for solutions, keep pressing for action, so we can take control of our future and make the world a better place for our children,” Schatz said. “This is a fight we will win. We are on the right side of the facts, of history, and of public opinion. ”
For today’s budget vote-a-rama, this initial list of amendments will likely be narrowed down to a smaller package of climate amendments to be voted on. Other amendments may also be filed later in the day.