March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jim Inhofe (Okla.) introduced an amendment to the FY2016 budget today that establishes a spending-neutral reserve fund to require the advice and consent of the Senate before any bilateral or international agreement regarding greenhouse gas emissions aimed at combatting global climate change has any force or effect within the United States. To read the amendment, click here.
“The Obama administration’s unilateral climate agreement with China could stifle our nation’s job creation and increase energy costs for consumers while China enjoys the limitless ability to grow its economy,” said Blunt. “This amendment will keep the administration’s overreach in check and protect families and young people in Missouri and across the nation from being forced to pay higher utility bills they can’t afford.”
“I proudly support this amendment authored by Senator Blunt, as I share the belief that our country should be protected from international agreements on climate change that have not received the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate,” said Inhofe. “In accordance with Article II, Section II of the United States Constitution, this amendment sends a signal that any international agreement the Obama Administration reaches on climate change, and is not ratified by the Senate, will not be considered binding. I will continue to fight alongside my colleagues in the Senate to protect Americans from regulations written by unelected U.N. bureaucrats that would stifle our nation’s future economic opportunities.”
In January 2015, a majority of Blunt’s colleagues voted for an amendment that he introduced expressing a Sense of the Senate that President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas agreement with China has no force and effect in the United States. President Obama’s China agreement requires the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. However, it allows China to increase emissions until 2030 before they even consider taking steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To watch Blunt’s floor remarks from January 2015, click here.