Rep. Deutch Praises Climate Solutions Caucus Members for Pivotal Role in Defeating Anti-Climate Amendment
The anti-climate amendment failed 185-234.
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, issued the below statement after the members of the Caucus helped defeat an anti-climate amendment. The amendment would have eliminated a requirement for the Defense Department to report on military base vulnerability to climate change impacts and possible resiliency plans.
“This is a victory for all those who believe Congress should be doing more to address climate change. This vote is proof that there is now a bipartisan majority in Congress of Members who understand that climate change is a real threat to our communities, our economy, and our military readiness. I hope my House colleagues were watching closely; denying climate change is no longer a winning strategy. This will only be the beginning, and I look forward to passing more climate-friendly legislation with my fellow Caucus members in the future.”
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 includes a provision introduced by Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) requiring the Defense Department to produce a report describing the “vulnerabilities to military installations” to climate change over the next 20 years. Today, during floor debate of the NDAA, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) called for a recorded vote on his amendment (#390) to strike this reporting language from the NDAA.
The House of Representatives rejected this bill 185 to 234. With 48 members of the Climate Solutions Caucus, including 24 Republicans, their vote played an integral role in defeating this climate change denial amendment.