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Chuck Schumer

“In the wake of Senate Republicans’ refusal to take action on climate change and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) refusal to schedule or allow for a vote on the resolution to establish a bipartisan select committee on the climate crisis” Senate Democrats formed a Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, which will hold hearings and issue findings on the consequences of climate change.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and also includes the following members: Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

“The economic, national security, environmental, and public health consequences of inaction on climate change are far too pressing to not have a group of Senators dedicated to investigating the costs of inaction and the opportunities that exist in taking bold action,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement.

Sheila Timmons

Sheila Timmons

Content Manager, Congressional