Three Republicans join climate change caucus

Three Republicans join climate change caucus
© Greg Nash

Three House Republicans have joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to addressing the threat posed by climate change.

Reps. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthurGOP runs into Trump tax law in New Jersey Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Key Republican says House taking targeted approach to combating opioid epidemic MORE (R-N.J.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) and Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenOvernight Health Care: Kentucky gov cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits | Collins voices skepticism court will overturn Roe v. Wade | Dems press 'middlemen' on drug costs July vote to repeal medical device tax may bolster vulnerable GOP lawmaker Dem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms MORE (R-Wis.) joined the Climate Solutions Caucus this week alongside two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Elliot Engel (N.Y.) and Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindCongress must defend role in international trade It's time for Congress to step in and stop Trump's trade abuses Lobbying world MORE (Wis.), bringing the total number of lawmakers in the caucus to 78.

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The group, which is split evenly among Republicans and Democrats, released a statement saying members were excited to see the group growing in an election year. Paulsen filled a slot vacated by Rep. Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanOvernight Energy: Pruitt taps man behind 'lock her up' chant for EPA office | Watchdog to review EPA email policies | Three Republicans join climate caucus Three Republicans join climate change caucus Pennsylvania GOP to use Meehan donation to support female candidates MORE (R-Pa.), who resigned earlier this year.

"Iā€™m grateful these new members are willing to step up and turn their concern into action by joining and welcome their valuable input," said Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloMueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent Lawmakers discuss efforts to boost Latino entrepreneurship On The Money ā€” Sponsored by Prudential ā€” Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers MORE (R-Fla.), the caucus chair.

MacArthur, whose district represents parts of southern New Jersey, said in his own statement that climate change poses a major threat to his district's coastal economy.

"Climate change and other environmental issues directly impact our area and our South Jersey economy. I am proud to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to find practical solutions to the environmental challenges we face," he wrote.

The three Republicans joining the caucus are all facing difficult reelection races in November, with Democrats making them top targets in the midterm elections.

Roskam and Paulsen's districts are both listed by the Cook Political Report as toss-up races, while MacArthur's district is listed as leaning Republican.