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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Rep. Schneider Leads House Democrats in Resolution Condemning U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

June 16, 2017
Press Release
More than 170 Members of Congress urge President Trump to reverse decision and maintain U.S. participation in climate pact

Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (IL-10) and 170 Democratic colleagues introduced a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and urging the Administration to reverse course and maintain U.S. participation.

H.Res.390 emphasizes the dire consequences of global climate change for our national security, public health, economy, and the legacy we will leave to our children, and makes clear that withdrawal from the international Paris Agreement will cede U.S. leadership on clean energy technologies, as well as the jobs they create, to countries overseas.

The Resolution also outlines the strong support for action to combat climate change from the international community, religious leaders, and U.S. businesses, including major energy companies. The text closes praising the many cities, States, colleges and universities, businesses, investors, and individuals who have publicly expressed their support for the Paris Agreement.

“Unilaterally withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is short-sighted in the extreme,” said Schneider. “It weakens America’s global leadership, slows our transition to renewable sources of energy, and further endangers the future we will pass on to our children. Rather than helping grow our economy, this decision puts the United States outside the global community and undercuts our opportunity to lead in the creation of clean energy jobs. Today’s Resolution sends a strong message that House Democrats stand united in support of the Paris Agreement, and in solidarity with the cities and States across the country that have demonstrated leadership by committing to continue honoring the goals of the agreement.”

This resolution is supported by the House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC). SEEC’s leadership, Representatives Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Jared Polis (CO-02), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the below joint statement:

“Committing ourselves to the Paris Climate Agreement is about keeping our communities safe and healthy, protecting strategic international partnerships, and turning this global challenge into an opportunity. By leading on climate action we can create good-paying American jobs in clean energy and green manufacturing, and we can set up American businesses to lead in these fast growing sectors. President Trump may have walked away from this challenge, but the rest of us haven’t. We commend the states, local governments, businesses and Americans across the country who are taking the lead on bold climate action. We call on Trump to do the right thing and remain in the Paris deal, but even if he won’t, we will.”

The resolution is also supported by the Democratic Environmental Message Team. Co-chairs Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02), and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), released the following statement:

“The appalling decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement undermines our nation’s environmental leadership at home and abroad. We are encouraged by the millions of Americans rising up to support the accord, as well as the cities and states that have pledged to continue to uphold the agreement. We stand together committed to continue the fight to protect the planet and future generations.”

Full text of the resolution is available here.

H.Res.390 is co-sponsored by: Representatives Alma Adams, Pete Aguilar, Nanette Barragan, Karen Bass, Ami Bera, Don Beyer, Sanford Bishop, Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Suzanne Bonamici, Madeleine Bordallo, Brendan Boyle, Robert Brady, Anthony Brown, Julia Brownley, Cheri Bustos, G.K. Butterfield, Michael Capuano, Salud Carbajal, Tony Cardenas, Andre Carson, Matt Cartwright, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, James Clyburn, Steve Cohen, Gerald Connolly, John Conyers, Jim Cooper, Jim Costa, Joe Courtney, Charlie Crist, Joe Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Susan Davis, Peter DeFazio, Diana DeGette, John Delaney, Rosa DeLauro, Suzan DelBene, Val Demings, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Debbie Dingell, Michael Doyle, Keith Ellison, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Adriano Espaillat, Elizabeth Esty, Dwight Evans, Bill Foster, Lois Frankel, Marcia Fudge, Tulsi Gabbard, Ruben Gallego, John Garamendi, Gene Green, Vincente Gonzalez, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Alcee Hastings, Denny Heck, Brian Higgins, Jim Himes, Jared Huffman, Pramila Jayapal, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, William Keating, Robin Kelly, Joseph Kennedy, Ro Khanna, Ruben Kihuen, Dan Kildee, Derek Kilmer, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ann Kuster, Rick Larsen, John Larson, Brenda Lawrence, Al Lawson, Barbara Lee, Sander Levin, John Lewis, Ted Lieu, Daniel Lipinski, Dave Loebsack, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Nita Lowey, Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, Doris Matsui, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Betty McCollum, Donald McEachin, James McGovern, Seth Moulton, Gwen Moore, Stephanie Murphy, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Napolitano, Rick Nolan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Tom O’Halleran, Beto O’Rourke, Frank Pallone, Jimmy Panetta, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne Jr., Ed Perlmutter, Scott Peters, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David Price, Mike Quigley, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Cedric Richmond, Jacky Rosen, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Dutch Ruppersberger, Bobby Rush, Tim Ryan, Gregorio Sablan, Linda Sanchez, John Sarbanes, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, Kurt Schrader, Bobby Scott, Jose Serrano, Terri Sewell, Carol Shea Porter, Brad Sherman, Louise Slaughter, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Darren Soto, Tom Suozzi, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Bennie Thompson, Mike Thompson, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, Norma Torres, Niki Tsongas, Juan Vargas, Nydia Velazquez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Mark Veasey, Maxine Waters, Peter Welch, Frederica Wilson, and John Yarmuth.