House Democrat counters Trump with resolution declaring climate change a national emergency

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) (C) talks to reporters while announcing the House Democrats' new infrastructure plan during a news conference with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) (R) at the U.S. Capitol February 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the $20 billion in infrastructure spending over two years in the current federal budget deal is 'a diversionary tactic.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Image: Democratic Rep. To Introduce Resolution To Make Climate A National Emergency

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By Josh Siegel

Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon said Friday he intends to introduce a resolution declaring climate change a national emergency.

Blumenauer, who has endorsed the progressive Green New Deal resolution and is active on environmental and renewable energy issues, circulated a letter to colleagues Friday seeking support for a resolution that would declare the “sense of Congress” that climate change is a national emergency.

Blumenauer’s resolution would swipe President Trump for declaring a national emergencyFriday to build a border wall and address what the congressman called a “manufactured crisis.”

“What our country should be doing right now is focusing on addressing a real national emergency and one of the most pressing issues of our time: the climate crisis,” Blumenauer said in his letter. “If Donald Trump wants to start declaring national emergencies for fake crises, Congress should address the real ones, starting with climate change.”

Republicans who oppose Trump’s emergency declaration for the wall have expressed concern that Democrats could take that precedent and use the same executive authority to act alone on their priorities, such as climate change and gun control.


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