1. Update

A Bipartisan Success Story

By Diane Randall, June 16, 2017

Bob Schultz is on a mission. He is determined to help build bipartisan congressional support for action on climate change, which he believes is the greatest moral issue of our time.

Bob has been working for years to cultivate the political will necessary to address climate change in Congress. His patient and tireless efforts paid off when his representative, Ann Kuster (D-NH), joined the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus earlier this year.

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Bob knew that Rep. Kuster cared about climate change, and probably wanted to do more to address this challenge. The Climate Solutions Caucus was a venue she could act through — if she could find a Republican to join along with her. (To maintain a bipartisan balance in the caucus, members join in pairs, one from each major party.)  

Bob teamed up with friends in Colorado whose Republican representative, Mike Coffman (R-CO), was also interested in climate issues and had a respectful working relationship with Rep. Kuster. At one of Rep. Kuster’s tele-town hall meetings, Bob asked if she would partner with Rep. Coffman to join the Climate Solutions Caucus.

Soon thereafter, Rep. Kuster’s staffer let Bob know that these efforts had been successful. And he’s still at it. Prompted by this success, Bob is now asking his friends and relatives to get their Representatives to join the Climate Solutions Caucus.

Will you support our work to train and empower more volunteer lobbyists like Bob?

As an increasingly powerful voting block with 22 Republicans and 22 Democrats, the Climate Solutions Caucus will be a critical venue for advancing bipartisan initiatives to address climate change. Following President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, it's clear that congressional action to reduce emissions and address climate change is more important than ever. 

FCNL’s work on climate change is emblematic of our approach to lobbying. One conversation at a time, we’ve helped build a coalition of Republicans and Democrats who agree on the need for climate change action. 

Diane Randall

  • Executive Secretary

Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.