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A Bill to Honor Paris Agreement Goals Could Be the First Climate Legislation to Pass the House This Year

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President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 1st, 2017.

This week, the House is set to vote on a new resolution aimed at mitigating the impacts of President Donald Trump‘s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

The bill, known as the Climate Action Now Act, would functionally reinstate United States participation in the Paris Agreement. The bill first prohibits the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement. Second, the bill would require Trump to develop a plan (updated annually) for the U.S. to meet its contributions to the agreement, including greenhouse gas emission cuts (by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025), and require that the Trump administration work to ensure that other parties to the agreement are fulfilling their contributions. 

The bill is expected to be the first climate legislation passed by the newly Democratically controlled House, although it is expected to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Here’s what you need to know about this bill and the state of environmental legislation in Congress

Congressional Polarization

The votes for the Climate Action Now Act are expected be along party lines, following the trend of partisan voting records on recent environmental legislation. Though the bill is more moderate than previous climate change bills, both Democratic and Republican representatives have attached a slew of amendments.

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