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 SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall 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 McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill 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.