House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill

House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill
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The House defeated an amendment to a defense policy bill Thursday that would have blocked a Department of Defense study into the impacts of climate change on national security.

The amendment, from Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryLawmakers urge Tillerson to declassify Qatar counterterrorism agreement GOP lawmaker accuses CNN host of making up severity of Puerto Rico crisis House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill MORE (R-Pa.), would have stripped a National Defense Authorization Act provision that would have required a study into the 20-year impacts of climate change on the military.

Perry said his amendment was not meant to debate the existence of climate change, but rather, “my point is that this should not be the priority" for the military.

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“Literally, litanies of other federal agencies deal with environmental issues including climate change,” Perry said. “The federal mandate [in the bill] detracts from the central mission of securing our nation against enemies.”

The climate change study was included in the annual defense policy bill after a unanimous voice vote during a committee markup.

The House voted 185-234 to defeat Perry's amendment and keep the study in the bill.

Forty-six Republicans voted against Perry’s amendment. Two Republicans, Reps. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikMore than 100 lawmakers call on Trump to designate climate change a security threat Dem House candidate calls GOP lawmaker 'a child' Reps introduce hurricane preparedness bill MORE (R-N.Y.) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenRepublicans seek to distance themselves from Trump remarks The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP lawmaker calls Trump ‘s---hole’ remark ‘reprehensible’ and ‘racist’ MORE (R-Fla.), argued against it during floor debate earlier Thursday.

The effects of climate change “are drivers of geopolitical instability and degrade the security of the United States,” Stefanik said.

“We would be remiss in our efforts to protect our national security to not fully account for the risk climate change poses to our bases, our readiness and to the fulfillment of our armed services mission.”