Pelosi invokes climate conference in spending push

Pelosi invokes climate conference in spending push
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Photos of the Week: Climate protests, Blue Origin and a koala MORE (D-Calif.) brought up the need for a “plan” for U.S. emissions reductions ahead of a major global climate change conference as she seeks to push spending bills across the finish line. 

“Glasgow is a matter of weeks away. We want the president to be able to go there with a plan to meet our emissions promises and standards,” she said, referring to the United Nations conference slated to take place in the Scottish city in early November. 

Pelosi's comments come as the world watches to see whether the U.S. can push forward its $3.5 trillion spending plan — which is expected to deliver major climate action if Democrats can get it done. 

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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE’s (D-N.Y.) office has projected that the legislation, combined with a bipartisan infrastructure proposal, could put the U.S. on track to reduce its emissions 45 percent over the next decade. 

But reticence expressed by both House and Senate moderates raises questions about whether the lawmakers can actually achieve their goals. 

The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, where countries will negotiate climate action in line with the Paris agreement’s goals of limiting global warming, will take place from Nov. 1 to 12. 

Conference President Alok Sharma recently told reporters that it’s important for the U.S. to “show progress” toward its climate goals when asked about the importance of getting the spending bill done. 

The Biden administration reentered the Paris agreement, which former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE pulled the U.S. out of, and has said it hopes the country will cut its emissions in half in 2030 compared to 2005 levels.