Joyce Votes To Shield 13th District Workers From Unfair Climate Deal
Acts To Force All Members of Congress To Take A Stand On Green New Deal
Washington, DC, May 2, 2019
Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) today voted against H.R. 9, legislation that would force the United States to reduce its carbon emissions without any guarantee that competing economic countries will do the same. The measure would reinstitute the emission standards that President Obama agreed to under the Paris Agreement on climate change, a deal President Trump removed the United States from in June of 2017.
“When President Obama signed the Paris Agreement, he clearly did not understand the harm it would do to the manufacturers of south central Pennsylvania,” said Congressman Joyce. “The workers of the 13th District overwhelmingly elected President Trump to remove them from bad deals that hurt their businesses and eliminate their jobs, and I do not support reentering this lopsided pact that is unfair to my constituents.”
While the Paris Agreement required the United States to reduce carbon emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent, China’s commitment to emission reductions would not have to be reached until 2030.
On a related issue, Joyce today signed a discharge petition to bring the Green New Deal up for a vote in the House of Representatives.
“The vote the Democrats held on H.R. 9 today was just political cover for the environmental plan they really support – the Green New Deal,” Joyce continued. “Every member of the House should have the courage to tell their constituents exactly where they stand on this $93 trillion tax increase that would absolutely cripple our economy, which is why I acted today to sign a petition to bring this awful piece of public policy up for a vote. It is my hope that the Green New Deal discharge petition garners the 218 votes required to bring the legislation to the floor so I can vote it down and show my constituents that I will not stand for the radical, socialist agenda being pushed by Democrats in Congress.”
Earlier this year the Senate held a vote on the Green New Deal, and despite it having 12 cosponsors, it was voted down unanimously. The House version of the legislation was authored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and has 93 cosponsors.
The Green New Deal could cost up to $93 trillion over 10-years, according to the American Action Forum, which is run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan CBO from 2003 to 2005.
“Americans should not be forced to shoulder the burden of a $93 trillion tax increase and Congress should not support it,” concluded Joyce.