Senate Dems to introduce resolution to create climate change panel

Senate Dems to introduce resolution to create climate change panel
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate confirms Trump judicial nominee criticized for being hostile to LGBT community Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee criticized for being hostile to LGBT community Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said that Democrats are introducing a resolution to create a Senate committee on climate change.

"We need a committee focused on this, to bring Democrats and Republicans together on an issue that demands progress. So I will introduce a resolution to create a new committee on climate. Democrats believe this is an issue of surpassing importance," Schumer said from the Senate floor.  

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He added that the committee would line up with a new panel created in the House to address climate change. 

The Senate Energy Committee held a hearing this week on how a "changing climate" was impacting the energy sector, but the jurisdiction of the committee stretches beyond just climate change. 

Schumer added on Wednesday that the climate change panel would include a bipartisan group of senators that focuses on climate change specifically and would have as its goals to "hold hearings, debate the issue and to craft, refine and enact legislation to address the problem." 

The resolution is unlikely to pass in the GOP-controlled Senate but comes as Democrats are trying to turn the tables on Republicans as the chamber is in the middle of a debate on climate change. 

Republicans are expected to force a vote on the progressive "Green New Deal" before August in an effort to create fodder for the 2020 presidential election, where several Democrats are running for the party's nomination. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal MORE (R-Ky.) lashed out at Democrats over the proposal on Wednesday, arguing it was an example of the party taking "a sharp and abrupt left turn toward socialism." 

"There certainly is one ‘green’ thing about this sprawling proposal: The huge, unprecedented piles of middle-class families’ money that Democrats are itching to grab," McConnell added.