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HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STAY IN PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT WITH AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT REGARDING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE TERRITORIES

Washington, May 6, 2019

HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STAY IN PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT WITH AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT REGARDING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE TERRITORIES

Washington, DC - The U.S. House recently voted 231 to 190 for the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9), a bill that would prevent the Trump Administration from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett released the following statement regarding her amendment which was added to the Bill:

“Democrats said we would honor our commitment to act on the climate crisis. Now we are delivering. H.R. 9 was the first major piece of climate legislation to pass the House in 10 years. The Paris Climate Agreement carbon pollution reduction goals are vital to the growing clean energy economy and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Instead of cutting and running from this agreement as President Trump proposes, the House voted to honor our commitment. When America leads on cutting carbon pollution, the world follows, so this is a major signal to our allies that Americans overwhelmingly support this agreement. We deserve clean air, family-sustaining jobs in the growing clean energy industry, and policies that work for the people, not corporate polluters.

“I am grateful that my amendment to H.R. 9 was accepted which would direct the GAO to complete a study and submit a report to Congress on the impact of the President’s plan on the U.S. territories, including the potential positive and negative impacts on their economies, taking into consideration their unique energy needs and systems and the climate change vulnerabilities faced by communities in these jurisdictions.

“I am grateful to the citizens across America who are speaking loud and clear on climate change. I am also appreciative of my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and my fellow members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for their work on this legislation. This is exactly the sort of collaboration we need to address the climate crisis.”

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