Green group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection

Green group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection
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A major environmental group’s campaign arm is backing Democratic Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinHillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Hillicon Valley: Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments | Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing | Senators urge USDA to open up rural broadband funding MORE (Wis.) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (Fla.) for reelection this year.

The NRDC Action Fund, affiliated with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said Baldwin and Nelson have both proven themselves champions of the environment and strong opponents of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s environmental agenda.

Both races are expected to be extremely close and could either lead Democrats to take the Senate majority or help Republicans keep the majority.

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“From protecting drinking water and the Great Lakes to helping strengthen controls on toxic chemicals, we need fighters like Sen. Baldwin who will stand up to polluters and protect the health of all Wisconsinites,” Kevin Curtis, NRDC Action Fund’s executive director, said in a Wednesday statement.

Businessman Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir are running in a Republican primary for the chance to challenge Baldwin.

Baldwin accepted the endorsement, saying in a statement, “With the support of the NRDC Action Fund, I am excited to continue my work to expand clean power, renewable fuels and water efficiency in the U.S. Senate.”

NRDC Action Fund applauded Nelson for opposing fossil fuel priorities, like offshore drilling near Florida.

“Since his first term in office, Sen. Nelson has made it his priority to protect Florida’s economy and environment from the dangers of offshore drilling. Sen. Nelson has a long history of putting the well-being of Florida communities over the interests of powerful corporate polluters and the fossil fuel lobby,” Curtis said.

Nelson is likely to face Gov. Rick Scott (R), though Scott has not declared his candidacy.

“Fighting to protect Florida’s unique environment has, is and always will be one of my top priorities,” Nelson said in a statement. “And it’s an honor to have the support of the NRDC Action Fund and all of its members fighting by my side as we head into 2018.”

It's the second wave of Senate endorsements for NRDC Action Fund. Earlier this month, the group backed a handful of Democratic senators who are nearly certain to have easy elections: Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Schumer: Trump coronavirus response marked by 'towering and dangerous incompetence' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE (Conn.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Critics pile on Trump plan to roll back major environmental law | Pick for Interior No. 2 official confirmed | JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic White House effort to roll back bedrock environmental law spurs strong opposition Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE (Del.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber MORE (Hawaii), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (Mass.), Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSchumer asks Justice Department to probe Grenell's consulting work Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength Senate Democrats queasy over Sanders as nominee MORE (Md.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (Minn.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Democrats pan Trump's budget proposal as 'dead on arrival' MORE (R.I.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellThree lessons from BIPA for data privacy legislation Swing votes steal spotlight in marathon Trump impeachment Q&A Hillicon Valley: UK allows Huawei to build 5G in blow to Trump | Lawmakers warn decision threatens intel sharing | Work on privacy bill inches forward | Facebook restricts travel to China amid virus MORE (Wash.).