The House just passed a resolution, H. Con. Res. 119, expressing the “sense of Congress” that any tax on carbon “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.” Four Republicans in the Climate Solutions Caucus voted against the resolution: Carlos Curbelo (FL-27), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Mia Love (UT-04). In addition, two other Republicans, Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) and Francis Rooney (FL-19), voted against the resolution although they are not part of the caucus. The remaining 37 Republican members of the caucus voted exactly the way the Koch brothers told them to vote — against a climate solution.
RL Miller, cofounder of Climate Hawks Vote, states: “The caucus is a joke, or it would be were climate change not so serious. Fact check: we’re not going to advance climate solutions with bipartisanship. The only way we’re going to achieve progress on climate change is by voting out these climate peacocks who squawk about joining the caucus, but just voted with the rest of the fossil fueled party. That’s why we’ve already endorsed Sean Casten, running against peacock Peter Roskam in Illinois’ Sixth District; Kara Eastman, running against peacock Don Bacon in Nebraska’s Second District; and we’re eyeing peacocks as we put together our general election slate.”
“We don’t want to reason with Republicans dominated by the fossil fuel industry. We don’t want them to be stakeholders at a table. We just need to vote them out.”