Infrastructure: Schumer Vows To Pass Only 'A Strong, Bold Climate Bill'

"Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed he “will not pass” an infrastructure package that removes the climate provisions of President Biden's American Jobs Act.

"Here's what I want to assure people: I will not pass an infrastructure package that first doesn't reduce carbon pollution at the scale commensurate with the climate crisis. We are gonna have a strong, bold climate bill,” Schumer said Wednesday night during a town hall organized by New York’s Working Families Party.

Schumer’s comments come as environmental groups have pressured Democratic lawmakers not to decouple the climate provisions from the infrastructure package.

Ten Democratic senators have signed a “No Climate, No Deal” pledge circulated by the group Evergreen Action, vowing not to vote for a package without those provisions. Those senators are Sens. Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Alex Padilla (Calif.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.)."

Zack Budryk reports for The Hill June 17, 2021.


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Source: The Hill, 06/18/2021