Levin Floor Statement on GOP Carbon Tax ‘Sense of Congress’ Resolution

Jun 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to H. Con. Res. 89, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy:

(Remarks as delivered)

“Mr. Speaker, what is happening today is further evidence that the Republicans are simply not doing their job. There is real work to be done. It’s 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’s no budget that’s been considered here on the House floor. Raising the minimum wage would 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 ‘sense of Congress’ resolutions. Doing so provides further evidence that the Republicans not only are not acting on those real problems, 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’ve seen the impacts of climate change in the U.S. and around the world.

“This week, the CBO, led by a GOP-appointed director, released a report that identified the effects of climate change as a potential risk to the federal budget. According to the report, the cost of hurricane damage is projected to be $35 billion more than it is today because of climate change.

“The report stated that “[h]uman 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 Republicans in denial, to come to our senses and to act on the challenge of climate change.

“This ‘sense of Congress’ resolution completely fails to meet that challenge. I urge its rejection.”