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Shaheen Joins Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, Participates in First Meeting with CEOs

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that she joined the newly-formed bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, which was founded by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Braun (R-IN). Caucus membership also includes Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). The caucus brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address climate change. 

“We’re already seeing more extreme storms, rising temperatures and polluted air that are having a dangerous impact on our well-being,” said Senator Shaheen. “Congress has been dragging its feet on climate change for too long – wherever there’s common ground, we need to seize it. It’s time to cross party lines and take this threat seriously. I hope that through this Caucus, we can put our heads together and have meaningful, constructive conversations that lead to common-sense steps forward to address the direct threats posed by climate change.” 

The caucus held its first meeting Tuesday with CEOs who came to Capitol Hill as part of the CEO Climate Dialogue, a collection of 20 companies with $1.3 trillion in combined annual revenue and four leading environmental nonprofit organizations that have come together to advocate for federal climate policy. The group discussed their support for the bipartisan development of legislation that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions using market-based approaches that are durable, equitable, and supportive of the American economy. 

Senator Shaheen has led efforts in the Senate to combat climate change. Shaheen introduced bipartisan legislation – the International Climate Change Accountability Act -  that would prevent the President from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen traveled to Paris to participate in high-level discussions at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that led to the international Paris Climate Accord. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen has historically helped secure increased funding for several energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy. Shaheen has also consistently spoken out in opposition to the President’s anti-environment agenda, and has fought his continued efforts to invalidate scientific evidence of climate change.