Rep. Deutch Welcomes Reps. Cartwright, Lance to Climate Solutions Caucus
Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, welcomed two new members to the Caucus: Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ). With these additions, the Caucus now stands at 48 Members evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
“The effects of climate change don’t discriminate along party or state lines," said Congressman Deutch. "Our newest Caucus members from districts across the Delaware River from each other prove this. From the Pocono Mountains to the suburbs of New York City, the American people demand action on climate change from their elected officials. Congressman Lance and Congressman Cartwright will bring more American voices to the caucus and strengthen our bipartisan call to action.”
“The Climate Solutions Caucus is a growing, geographically diverse and bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress ready to find real solutions to climate change issues and bring their own unique perspectives to the table,” Congressman Curbelo said. “We have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to have productive discussions about market-based solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I’m thankful to Representatives Cartwright and Lance for joining our efforts, and I look forward to our work together.”
“I’m glad to join the Climate Solutions Caucus to explore bipartisan solutions for combatting climate change,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Climate change is not just a threat to the environment and public health, but also a threat to our nation’s economy, infrastructure, national security, and agriculture. It’s our responsibility to safeguard clean water and air, protect natural resources, and promote public health for generations to come. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the impacts of climate change.”
“The economic and national security effects posed by climate change cannot be ignored or denied. Economists of all stripes agree that extreme weather due to climate change costs taxpayers billions of dollars in damages. And Defense Secretary James Mattis said climate change is a threat to our national security that our military planners need to consider when designing military strategies. Congress must address these fiscal and military challenges by adopting innovative and economically viable conservative principles,” Congressman Lancesaid. “There is a great tradition of conservation within the Republican Party. Presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan all understood that conservation is conservative. Republicans in Congress today should enact policies that embrace this great conservation legacy.”
The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is 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. As determined by the Co-Chairs, the Caucus membership will consist of equal representation by Democrats and Republicans.