Curbelo Celebrates Defeat of Anti-Climate Amendment to Defense Bill

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Washington, D.C., July 13, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement after the Members of the Caucus helped defeat an amendment that would have eliminated a requirement for the Department of Defense to report on military base vulnerability to sea level rise impacts and possible resiliency plans:

“This is a great step forward for all who accept the reality of climate change and know Congress needs to act to address it. A bipartisan majority of Members are on the record saying climate change and sea level rise must be taken into account when planning for our national defense. With military bases like Naval Air Station Key West extremely vulnerable to sea level rise, this vote was a huge win for our coastal military communities. I’m proud of the Climate Solutions Caucus Members who worked to defeat this amendment and I look forward to continuing to build momentum for this cause in the Congress.”

BACKGROUND

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which will be voted on by the full House tomorrow, includes a provision introduced by Representative Jim Langevin (RI-02) requiring the Defense Department to produce a report describing the “vulnerabilities to military installations” to climate change over the next 20 years. Today, during floor debate of the NDAA, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) called for a recorded vote on his amendment (#390) to strike this reporting language from the NDAA.

The Perry amendment failed 185 - 234.
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