Expressing the Sense of Congress That a Carbon Tax Would Be Detrimental to the United States Economyby Representative Sander M. Levin
Posted on 2016-06-10
LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
What is happening today is further evidence that the Republicans are simply not doing their job. There is real work to be done. It is simply inexcusable that action has not yet happened to prepare for the Zika virus. That would be real action. Helping the people of Flint get clean drinking water, in my home State, would be something real. There is no budget resolution that has been considered here on the House floor. Raising the minimum wage would also be real, and it would help lift many families out of poverty. Closing tax loopholes and making the Tax Code fairer would be real.
Instead, today, we are voting on two senses of Congress resolutions. Doing so provides further evidence that the Republicans not only are not acting on those real problems mentioned earlier but are in denial on another real issue that needs action--climate change. The scientific evidence of climate change is overwhelming, and the consensus is clear, and we have seen the impacts of climate change, virtually, every day in our country and around the world.
This week, the CBO, led by a Director appointed by the majority here, released a report that identified the effects of climate change as a potential risk to the Federal budget. According to that report, the cost of hurricane damage is projected to be $35 billion more than it is today because of climate change.
The report stated: ``Human activities around the world, primarily the burning of fossil fuels and widespread changes in land use, are producing growing emissions of greenhouse gases.'' Climate change requires all of us, including the Republicans here who are in total denial, to come to our senses and to act on the challenge of climate change.
This sense of Congress resolution, like the second one, completely fails to meet that challenge. I urge its rejection.
I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the distinguished gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Blumenauer) control the balance of my time.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Michigan? There was no objection.
Mrs. BLACK. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from Louisiana (Mr. Boustany), a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee.