Pelosi to Lead Group of 15 Dem Lawmakers Attending Madrid U.N. Climate Conference

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of 15 Democrat lawmakers who will attend the U.N. climate summit in Madrid December 2-13th.

From Pelosi’s official statement:

“It is a privilege to accompany a high-level Congressional delegation to Spain to combat the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis,” said Speaker Pelosi.  “On behalf of the United States Congress, I extend my gratitude to the Spanish government for hosting this critical meeting, and for elevating the priority of the climate crisis to the forefront of the international conversation.”

“Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation,” Speaker Pelosi continued. “On behalf of the U.S. Congress, I am proud to travel to COP25 to reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis.”

The Members of the Congressional Delegation are:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Committee on Science, Space, Technology
  • Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Committee on Natural Resources
  • Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA)
  • Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA)
  • Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL)
  • Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO)

Republican leaders as well as President Trump have been pushing for Pelosi to work to pass the USMCA trade agreement with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

Per Reuters, a senior Mexican official on Friday expressed caution about the chances of ratifying a continental trade deal this year, saying more work might be needed to overcome opposition from some U.S. Democrats.

Pelosi’s end of year climate trip puts the possibility of the USMCA being resolved by the end of the year in serious doubt.

Per USAToday, according to the UN, the goal for the COP25 is to “raise overall ambition also by completing several key aspects with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.”

The Trump administration notified the UN on November 4th that it would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. The U.S. is now the only country to pull out of the pact.

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