Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE (R-Ala.) said instead of talking about climate change all night, Democrats should bring a bill to the floor that would address the issue.
“Why wouldn’t the Majority Leader bring a bill to the Senate floor to approve President Obama’s climate agenda?” Sessions asked on the Senate floor Monday. “[Because] the American people do not support this and neither does most of Congress.”
More than 20 Senate Democrats are expected to speak about climate change on the Senate floor all Monday night and into Tuesday morning. The effort is being lead by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Sen. Whitehouse blasts Alito speech: 'You have fouled your nest, not us' Breyer: Supreme Court 'fallible,' but has served US 'pretty well' MORE (D-R.I.).
Republicans have attacked Obama’s effort to regulate carbon emissions through Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. They have accused him of waging a “war on coal.”
Sessions said these regulations have burdened the economy and said Democrats don’t want to vote to approve Obama’s policies because some who are up for vulnerable reelections in 2014 wouldn’t support it.
Sessions also said Obama’s claims that global warming is occurring isn’t true.
“Exaggeration isn’t even a fair word to describe it,” Sessions said. “It has become deliberate misinformation. … The climate is not warming faster that experts predicted as the president claimed.”
Most scientists believe global climate change has become more radical as a result of pollution from humans.