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Four lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus

Four lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus
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Four lawmakers, two Republicans and two Democrats, joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus on Tuesday, according to a press release from the group.

Reps. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordDem Joe Cunningham turns Sanford open seat blue in South Carolina Republicans fear loss of House majority Here's how politicians celebrated Halloween MORE (R-S.C.), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), Elizabeth EstyElizabeth Henderson EstyConnecticut elects first black congresswoman Former aides alleging sexual harassment on Capitol Hill urge congressional action Rising Dem star in Connecticut says people like me ‘deserve a seat at the table’ in Congress MORE (D-Conn) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineMomentum builds for Dems to take on campaign finance reform Bustos launches bid to head House Dems’ campaign arm Jeffries joins Dem leadership race to replace Crowley MORE (D-R.I.) all joined the group, which seeks bipartisan solutions to climate change issues such as carbon emissions and rising sea levels.

The caucus, formed in February of last year, is chaired by Florida Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDem wins leave behind a more conservative GOP conference Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants Steve King accuses Weekly Standard of trying to ‘advance a Leftist agenda’ MORE (R) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchWith Democrats controlling the House, a bipartisan climate solution is possible Dems damp down hopes for climate change agenda House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations MORE (D). It splits its membership evenly among Democrats and Republicans.

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In his statement, Sanford cited rising sea levels afflicting his family farm in South Carolina as a way the effects of climate change have become a personal issue.

"For over 30 years, I have seen the ever-so-gradual effects of rising sea levels at our farm on the South Carolina coast. I've watched once-thriving pine trees die in that fragile zone between uplands and salt marshes," Sanford said in a statement. "To me, the idea that we should be good stewards of what we’ve been given simply makes sense."

Donovan, meanwhile, cited the devastating damage of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which caused at least $75 billion in damages in New York and the surrounding region. 

“Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated Staten Island and other parts of New York City — and just this year we saw hurricanes and wildfires ravage our nation," the New York Republican said.

"Extreme weather events pose a significant risk to the safety of millions of Americans, businesses and properties, and we must act now to confront these challenges."

The Climate Solutions Caucus has been credited with warming House Republican attitudes toward climate change and environmental legislation, and has grown steadily since its founding over a year ago.