Providing for Consideration of H.R. Climate Action Now Act

Floor Speech

Date: May 1, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Environment


Ms. DelBENE. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act.

Washington's First District is home to some of our Nation's most beautiful parks, mountains, and waterways, and we are already seeing the consequences of climate change:

Snowpack in the north Cascades is currently 20 to 40 percent below normal amounts;

Last year, wildfires ravaged the West Coast, resulting in poor air quality and public health issues;

Washington State just had the second driest March on record, and there is a greater likelihood of more fires through the summer.

This is why Congress must take action and pass H.R. 9. We need to be moving forward, not backward.

President Trump's statement of intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a grave mistake that would have lasting effects on our planet and our economy.

H.R. 9 is an important step forward, ensuring the United States upholds our commitments under the agreement and leads in the green economy.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on the rule and the underlying legislation.