Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus takes climate change action to the floor of Congress
On Wednesday, November 1, 10 members of the Climate Solutions Caucus gave speeches on the floor of the House about the urgent threat of climate change and the need for bipartisan congressional action.
By Flannery Winchester
Citizens Climate Lobby
When co-chair Rep. Curbelo spoke, one of his messages was about the caucus itself. He sees the Climate Solutions Caucus as having three phases. Phase 1 was beginning the bipartisan conversation about climate solutions—bringing people to the table and growing membership. That phase was decidedly successful this year, as the caucus grew from around a dozen members to 60 members. Phase 2, he said, is blocking bad climate legislation, such as the Perry Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act back in July. The caucus rallied and voted almost unanimously to defeat the amendment. Phase 3 will be to identify climate legislation that the bipartisan caucus members can all get behind.
Perhaps the speeches on Wednesday night can be thought of as a sort of Phase 2.5—raising the profile of the Climate Solutions Caucus and of climate change in Congress, preparing their colleagues and the country for Phase 3: serious climate legislation.
Here, we’ve rounded up videos of their messages from Wednesday night. Please share these videos on social media with the hashtags #SolutionsCaucus and #climatechange, and thank these representatives for their leadership. You can also share our Twitter Moment of highlights from the evening’s speeches and the enthusiastic reception from viewers. Enjoy!
Speakers included Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. John Faso (R-NY), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), as well as caucus co-chairs Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL). Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) couldn’t attend in person, but his comments were submitted to the record.
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) – Introduction
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
Rep. John Faso (R-NY)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY)
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
Rep. Dan Lipinski – Closing