Catherine Cortez Masto and Tammy Duckworth Named to Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) on Wednesday were named to the new Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Committee formed as a result of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) refusal to schedule or allow for a vote on a resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis. Hence, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) established the seven-member panel. “Climate change isn’t some partisan squabble: it’s a national and global security threat—a fact that military leaders and Donald Trump’s own intelligence officials admit,” Duckworth said. “Anyone who cares about our national security has an imperative to do whatever they can to combat climate change before it’s too late.” The Special Committee will examine how climate change is affecting the country and the planet, and how to mobilize action and support for climate solutions, by conducting investigations and holding hearings. It will issue findings on how inaction on the climate crisis is harming the economic and national security interests of the U.S., and how acting on the climate crisis presents significant opportunities for jobs, public health, and the economy. “It’s past time for Congress to act to protect our environment and avert climate catastrophe,” Cortez Masto said. “This is just one of the many ways Senate Democrats are taking on this Administration and challenging it to take action to strengthen our nation’s future, foster green energy innovation that we’ve already seen in Nevada, protect workers and combat our world’s growing climate crisis.” Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) will Chair the Committee, and Cortez Masto and Duckworth will be joined by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Tina Smith (D-MN). Watch the announcement here.