GOP rep will ‘probably’ support measure to back Paris climate pact

GOP rep will ‘probably’ support measure to back Paris climate pact
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A GOP lawmaker says he would likely back a Democratic-drafted resolution to show support for the Paris climate change agreement.

Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (Pa.) told The Hill Thursday that he had discussed the measure with its lead sponsor, Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William Huffman3 more steps to make 'First Step Act' work Congress just proved there is hope for honest discussion on climate Overnight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal MORE (D-Calif.), and, pending the exact wording of it, he’s probably on board.

“I’m inclined to,” he said. “Obviously I think it was a mistake to pull out. So if it’s along those lines, I probably would.”

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“If it’s basically to reverse course on what the administration did, I would support that,” he continued.

Huffman has not yet released the wording of the resolution, so Fitzpatrick said he wants to see that before committing to it.

Fitzpatrick, a centrist in multiple policy areas, has been one of the most outspoken Republicans on climate change and his belief that government policies are needed to fight it.

He joined then-Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (R-Fla.) last year as one of the original sponsors of the Modernizing America with Rebuilding to Kick-start the Economy of the Twenty-first Century with a Historic Infrastructure-Centered Expansion, or MARKET CHOICE, Act, which would put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and use the money for infrastructure improvements.

Fitzpatrick has also been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE’s climate policies.

Although Trump announced in 2017 he was pulling the United States out of the Paris pact, that exit cannot become official until November 2020 at the earliest.

Huffman said last week that he’s working on the non-binding resolution to show that Democrats, who just took the House majority this month, are serious about climate change, and to repudiate Trump’s decision.

“It feels like this is a sweet spot on something we can do early in this Congress that sends an important message, that will be strongly passed out of the House,” Huffman said.

He said at least one House Republican was prepared to sign on, but declined to name the lawmaker.

If the resolution gets a vote, Huffman hopes it would be an early show of force for House Democrats against Trump’s environmental agenda. It would be nearly certain to pass, since the Democrats are nearly completely united in support of the Paris agreement.

The 2015 pact was the first time that all of the world’s nearly 200 nations agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhatever happened to nuclear abolition? On The Money: Trump presses GM, union to start talks over closed plant | Trump renews call to cut arts, PBS funding | Alan Krueger, former Obama economic adviser, dies at 58 | Americans expected to bet .5B on March Madness Obama reminisces about visit to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day: 'It'll always be O'Bama' MORE’s contribution for the United States, which is not binding, was to cut emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.