Capitol Hill lawmakers fired a warning shot across President Obama’s bow this week. They said if he attempts an end-run around Congress and strikes a climate change deal at next week’s summit in Paris, they’ll make sure that it’s blocked.
They’ll exercise their power of the purse and defund it.
Obama brought the subject of the two-week summit beginning Monday at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande
“What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children,” Obama said, according to Fox News.
But polls indicate that climate change is way down the list of America’s priorities. The average American is concerned with the growing terrorist threat and pocketbook issues such as unemployment and the economy.
And lawmakers are concerned the president may agree to an international treaty without Senate approval — just as he did with the Iran nuke deal.
So they’re focusing their attention on the Obama’s determination to direct $3 billion to the U.N. Green Climate Fund — beginning with $500 million in the near-term.
Dozens of GOP lawmakers — and at least one Democrat — are putting their foot down. If they are denied a vote to ratify a treaty, Obama won’t get the money.
“Without Senate approval, there will be no money – period,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said at a hearing last week.
He and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Obama signed by more than three-dozen senators likewise urging the president to have his special envoy relay to developing nations’ representatives that Congress “will not be forthcoming” with the Green Climate Fund money absent a Senate vote.
In addition, Inhofe joined Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in introducing a resolution calling for the Senate to have a say in any climate agreement.
Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he didn’t seek Senate approval of the Iran nuke deal because he knew it would never get approved.
“Well Congressman, I spent quite a few years ago trying to get a lot of treaties through the United States Senate,” Kerry replied to a question be Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc. “And frankly, it’s become physically impossible. That’s why.”
And that’s the attitude of this administration.
Watch the video, via Fox News.
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