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 BaldwinFederal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall The Trump downturn: Trouble ahead for the US economy MORE (Wis.) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonMedia and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity Al Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 MurphyDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Trump administration floats background check proposal to Senate GOP MORE (Conn.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperInstead of raising the gas tax, stop wasting money on frivolous projects To stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists MORE (Del.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senators introduce bill to block Trump 'public charge' rule Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator MORE (Hawaii), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (Mass.), Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela MORE (Md.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds MORE (N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (Minn.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Senate GOP pledges to oppose any efforts to 'pack' Supreme Court MORE (R.I.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Zuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' MORE (Wash.).