Lautenberg said the recent super-storm Sandy, which hit more of the Northeast, should make Congress all the more willing to recognize the effects of climate change. New Jersey and New York were most affected by the storm damage.

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“As we work with New Jersey families, business and communities to rebuild, after yet another devastating extreme weather event, it’s clearer than ever that climate change poses a direct and dangerous threat to our nation,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Lautenberg said he issued the statement after Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOPINION | 5 ways Democrats can win back power in the states THE MEMO: Trump's base cheers attacks on McConnell It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-Nev.) offered support for Senate action on climate change.