03.26.19

Whitehouse Statement on Green New Deal Show Vote

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a leading advocate for legislation to address climate change, issued the following statement regarding today’s show vote on a Green New Deal resolution:

“There is one takeaway from this vote, and it is that Republicans are still doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry.  Their cartoon version of the Green New Deal was cooked up by the Koch brothers.  The instruction to have this vote came from the fossil-fuel-friendly editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.  The industry that funds their Party is not willing to support a solution to the single greatest challenge of our time, and wants this stunt instead. 

“Our children and grandchildren will someday ask what this Congress did to defend them from advancing seas, increasingly extreme weather events, and growing security threats driven by climate change.  We’ll have to say that today we took a show vote on climate legislation that was intended to fail.  I hope this lame stunt is the last gasp of climate denial, and that our Republican colleagues will begin a sincere effort.”

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