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 MacArthurThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 MORE (R-N.J.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) and Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenBlue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Push for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game MORE (R-Wis.) joined the Climate Solutions Caucus this week alongside two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Elliot Engel (N.Y.) and Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindPermanence for CBMTRA is a small business win across America Dems struggle to unite behind drug price plan Bipartisan IRS reform bill heads to House floor 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 MeehanFreshman lawmaker jokes about pace of Washington politics Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress Dem Scanlon wins House seat in Pennsylvania 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 CurbeloHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure Ex-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group 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.