Roll Call: On Climate Issues, House GOP Warms Gradually
When a Republican congressman in July tried to strip the 2018 defense spending bill of its requirement to plan for global warming and rising sea level threats, a group of House GOP lawmakers joined Democrats to kill the effort…“The Perry amendment was really the first test” that called on the group to vote as a bloc, said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican who co-founded the caucus. “There will be more tests in the future.”
At the time of the vote, the caucus had 48 members — 24 from each party. New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King was the lone member voting in favor of the amendment. Since then, six more Republicans and six more Democrats have joined, bringing the group’s number to 60, up from 12 at the start of the 115th Congress.
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