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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Schneider Leads More than 150 Democrats in Condemning Trump Administration’s Formal Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

December 5, 2019
Press Release
Introduction coincides with 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced a resolution, joined by more than 150 original co-sponsors, condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was introduced after the Trump Administration recently began the formal withdrawal process to remove the United States from the pact that seeks to limit the increase in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius.

The resolution’s introduction coincides with the ongoing 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP25. President Trump sent no senior members of his Administration to attend the conference, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation in support of the agreement—and continued global coordination in combating climate change.

“Climate change is an immediate and existential threat to our national security, economy, and the future we leave to our children,” said Schneider. “This is a global problem that requires international solutions, and we are rapidly running out of time. At this crucial moment, the Trump Administration is ceding American leadership on climate and actively undermining critical efforts to curb emissions and transition to a clean energy economy. As countries around the world meet in Madrid, our resolution is intended to send a strong message that the U.S House of Representatives condemns the President’s decision to abandon the climate agreement, and stands ready to fulfill the commitments that we made under the Paris Agreement.”

Link to resolution text.

VIDEO: Schneider speaks on the resolution on the U.S. House floor.

Following President Trump’s announcement in 2017 that he intended to withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Schneider wrote and introduced a similar resolution (H.Res 390 in the 115th Congress) disapproving of the decision and commending states, cities, and localities that have committed to upholding the emission reduction targets. The resolution was ultimately co-sponsored by 182 Members of Congress.

Earlier this year, Schneider was also an original co-sponsor of the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9), which passed the House in May 2019. The bill would prohibit federal funds from being used to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and require the President to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the agreement.

Schneider was also an original co-sponsor of the 100% Clean Economy Act (H.R. 5221) that was introduced by more than 150 Democrats in November. This legislation would put the U.S. on a path to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.