Symbolic gesture: The House just passed its first climate bill in a decade

by Umair Irfan, Vox

After a raucous day of Senate Republicans trolling Democrats on a Green New Deal vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday morning stepped up with a clear message: Climate change is a pillar of House Democrats’ legislative agenda in the new Congress.

In a press conference, Pelosi announced that House Democrats were introducing HR 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which aims to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. It’s one of the first 10 bills introduced by the new House majority and will likely come to a vote this year.

The suite of proposals from congressional Democrats to fight climate change range from pricing carbon dioxide to the expansive Green New Deal resolution. But HR 9 is the first actual climate bill — the others are proposals and resolutions — and Democrats say the fact that it’s one of the first bills of the new Congress shows how serious they are about fighting climate change.

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