Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today he will join the new, bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus formed by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D- Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.). The caucus is bringing together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address climate change. In addition to Bennet, five additional senators joined the newly-formed caucus: Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Angus King (I-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“To effectively address the climate crisis we need enduring solutions – ones that won’t whipsaw back and forth with changing political winds,” said Bennet. “We need to build the same broad consensus in Washington to address the climate crisis that exists across the country. This bipartisan caucus is a step closer to achieving that goal, and I’m honored to join Senators Coons and Braun and my colleagues in this effort.”
“If we are to make meaningful, sustainable progress toward combatting climate change, both Republicans and Democrats have to be at the table,” said Coons. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in launching this important effort to take the politics out of this discussion and work toward real solutions. We look forward to continuing to hear from business leaders, workers, farmers, and a range of experts about their priorities and ideas for how we can best address climate change and strengthen American competitiveness.”
“As a life-long conservationist, I am proud to launch the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus with Senators Coons, Shaheen, King, Bennet, Murkowski, Romney, and Graham,” said Braun. “For too long, Washington has been paralyzed by partisan gamesmanship, unable to have productive conversations about our changing climate. Through this caucus we can have real conversations about protecting our environment, securing America’s energy future and protecting American manufacturing jobs.”
The Senate Climate Solutions Caucus will meet regularly and convene experts from across the political spectrum to find common ground on solutions to address climate change.