Torres Proposal to Stop President Trump from Sabotaging California’s Climate Leadership Passes on House Floor

May 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced that her legislative proposal to prevent President Trump from limiting cities and states, like California, from taking ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions passed on the House floor. The proposal passed as part of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which would prohibit any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, and now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.


“Climate change has taken an enormous toll on California, including historic droughts, deadly fires, and terrible flooding. Despite the clear need to mitigate these effects, President Trump has tried to make it harder for our state to regulate its own greenhouse gas emissions,” said Torres. “My legislative proposal protects the rights of cities and states across the nation to go above and beyond to meet the unique strains climate change puts on their region. If we don’t take aggressive steps to deal with this problem, our grandchildren and their grandchildren will pay the price.”


Torres was joined by Representatives Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), and Katie Porter (CA-45) in introducing the legislative proposal.


Torres is a member of the powerful House Rules and Appropriations Committees.


Video of Torres’s remarks is available here.