Kaptur Votes to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Accord
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, voted to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, legislation requiring the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and develop a plan for how the United States will meet its commitments to reduce pollution and protect our environment.
“The American people were met with great hope when the United States signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 under President Obama,” said Rep. Kaptur. “It was a truly historic moment – where so many nations set aside their differences and agreed to address a common challenge, a necessary step in the right direction for our mutual survival on a fragile planet.”
“I’m honored to join my colleagues in passing H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, legislation that respects the will of my constituents and the vast majority of American people. Families in Northern Ohio know the climate crisis is real and poses an existential threat to our future. Tackling climate change to protect public health, the air we breathe, and the water we drink must be among our highest priorities. We can solidify America’s global preeminence in green technology while creating jobs, growing the economy, defending our national security; and upholding our honor and moral responsibility to create a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans.”
The Climate Action Now Act prohibits any federal funds from being used to take action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the landmark Paris Agreement. It also calls on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet our commitment to reduce pollution and ensure our preeminence in green technology and the good-paying jobs it creates for American workers.
Passage of the Climate Action Now Act follows the establishment of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which Rep. Kaptur voted to create on January 9, 2019. The Select Committee is tasked with developing creative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis while providing strong, urgently-needed oversight and investigatory actions.