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FCNL Welcomes Bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission Act

By Emily Wirzba, May 3, 2017


Members from the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus just introduced their first piece of legislation in the 115th Congress, the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Emily Wirzba emily@fcnl.org
Direct: 202-903-2518

May 3rd, 2017, Washington, DC –

Members from the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus just introduced their first piece of legislation in the 115th Congress, the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017. Led by Rep. John Delaney (D, MD-06) and Rep. John Faso (R, NY-19), the bill has 12 total sponsors evenly split between the two political parties.

This bill establishes a bipartisan commission to develop recommendations of economically viable policies to achieve science-based greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals.

“I am encouraged by the leadership of Rep. John K. Delaney and Rep. John Faso, who demonstrate today that there is bipartisan political will to address climate change in Congress with the introduction of the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017,” stated Diane Randall, FCNL’s Executive Secretary. “Our nation has a moral obligation to act on climate change. By creating a bipartisan commission committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, based upon the latest scientific findings, they take an important step forward towards protecting God’s creation and future generations.”

FCNL’s Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy and Environment, Emily Wirzba, stated “This bill is a noteworthy step towards identifying policy pathways that will achieve robust emissions reductions. Now, more than even, it is vital that the US bases our climate policy on science. This bipartisan leadership couldn’t come at a more critical time for our climate.”

FCNL encourages and thanks the original co-sponsors of this legislation: Rep. Delaney (D, MD-06), Rep. John Faso (R, NY-19), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26), Rep. Ted Deutch (D, FL-21), Rep. Pat Meehan (R, PA-07), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-08), Rep. Scott Peters (D, CA-52), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21) Rep. Brad Schneider (D, IL-10), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-27), and Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D, NY-03).

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The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered religious lobby in Washington, is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest. FCNL works with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people from every state in the U.S. to advocate for social and economic justice, peace, and good government.

Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.