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 ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) offered support for Senate action on climate change.