Three Republicans join climate change caucus

Three Republicans join climate change caucus
© Greg Nash

Three House Republicans have joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to addressing the threat posed by climate change.

Reps. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthur 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal MORE (R-N.J.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) and Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenThe 8 House Republicans who voted against Trump’s border wall Minnesota New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president MORE (R-Wis.) joined the Climate Solutions Caucus this week alongside two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Elliot Engel (N.Y.) and Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindOcasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate The 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi Live coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge MORE (Wis.), bringing the total number of lawmakers in the caucus to 78.

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The group, which is split evenly among Republicans and Democrats, released a statement saying members were excited to see the group growing in an election year. Paulsen filled a slot vacated by Rep. Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanMany authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania US athletics watchdog closes probe into GOP House hopeful MORE (R-Pa.), who resigned earlier this year.

"I’m grateful these new members are willing to step up and turn their concern into action by joining and welcome their valuable input," said Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax Hispanic Caucus boasts record membership in new Congress Chuck Todd says his show is 'not going to give time to climate deniers' MORE (R-Fla.), the caucus chair.

MacArthur, whose district represents parts of southern New Jersey, said in his own statement that climate change poses a major threat to his district's coastal economy.

"Climate change and other environmental issues directly impact our area and our South Jersey economy. I am proud to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to find practical solutions to the environmental challenges we face," he wrote.

The three Republicans joining the caucus are all facing difficult reelection races in November, with Democrats making them top targets in the midterm elections.

Roskam and Paulsen's districts are both listed by the Cook Political Report as toss-up races, while MacArthur's district is listed as leaning Republican.