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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenators urge Biden to waive sanctions on India over Russian defense system purchase Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Cornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP MORE suggested on Tuesday that his Democratic colleagues were overplaying the seriousness of climate change.
"It sounds to me like so many of our colleagues [are] like Chicken Little. 'The sky is falling.' I don't think the facts justify it," the Texas Republican said. "There are more important things we could do today and this week."
"Chicken Little" is a story, and more recently an animated movie, involving a chicken who thinks the world is ending.
Cornyn's comments come after Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehousePavlich: Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back Senate Democrats blast Supreme Court on one-year anniversary of Barrett's confirmation Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill MORE spoke on the Senate floor about climate change, something the Rhode Island Democrat does on a weekly basis.
Whitehouse criticized his Republican colleagues suggesting that they are refusing to combat climate change because of pressure from influential outside groups.
"I find it a little frustrating these days because climate change used to be a bipartisan issue," he added. "Then came Citizens United and all that dark money began to flow, all that fossil fuel money began to flow, all that Koch brother money began to flow."
Whitehouse also spoke on the floor earlier Tuesday with other Senate Democrats, including Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.) and Charles SchumerChuck Schumer535 'presidents' with veto power: Why budget deal remains elusive The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats insist budget consensus close as talks drag on Pricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment MORE (D-N.Y.).
During his floor speech he used a sign that sums up the Republican plan to combat climate change with the shruggie emoticon, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
"I think it would probably be wise to take out the smile and put a little band you know over the mouth, so that it's clear that nobody's allowed to say a word," he added, temporarily sticking a piece of tape over the mouth of the emoticon on the sign.