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 MacArthurRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (R-N.J.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.) and Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenTwo swing-district Democrats raise impeachment calls after whistleblower reports Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal Fight over Trump's new NAFTA hits key stretch MORE (R-Wis.) joined the Climate Solutions Caucus this week alongside two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Elliot Engel (N.Y.) and Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindAmerica's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Democrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun 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 MeehanBottom line Freshman lawmaker jokes about pace of Washington politics Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress 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 CurbeloThe Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP Anxious GOP treads carefully with Trump defense The Memo: Trump's rage may backfire on impeachment 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.