Senate democrats map out climate agenda

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Democrats in both the House and Senate, as well as the Democratic presidential nominee, have now all laid out agendas to tackle climate change, giving the party footing to enact policy should Democrats win back control come November. On Tuesday, Senate Democrats released a new 260-page report that calls for boosting federal spending on the problem to 2 percent of gross domestic product, while creating 10 million new jobs and ensuring 40 percent of the benefits from new federal spending be directed toward “communities of color and low-income, deindustrialized, and disadvantaged communities,” Pro’s Anthony Adragna reports. It also takes aim at transportation emissions, calls for regulation of banks and insurers , and much like Joe Biden’s and House Democrats’ climate plans, sets a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Over the next few decades, climate change will affect every part of American life: our health, our economy, our national security, even our geography,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on a call with reporters. “Passing climate legislation will be a top priority for Senate Democrats and for me if we gain the majority and I become the majority leader.”

Asked whether he would be willing to abolish the filibuster to advance climate change legislation, Schumer said “we are going to get that [legislation] done” and “we’re not taking anything off the table.” Biden campaign spokesman Matt Hill said in a statement that Biden, if elected president, “will work with Congress to implement a bold agenda that addresses the climate emergency, achieves environmental justice, and creates good-paying, union jobs.”