Looks like the anti carbon tax measure vote is coming back into focus in Congress. The debate has largely been portrayed as those for pro growth policies and those friendly to the environment. Yet, after years of acrimony in a divided Congress, the two sides seem far apart on any type of compromise. The House is going their own way, set to vote on a anti-carbon-tax resolution, a perennial piece of legislation that this year will serve as a key test for the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
The resolution, from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. David McKinley (R. W.Va.) would call a carbon tax, “detrimental to the United States Economy” and suggest that it could increase costs across the economy. A spokeswoman said Scalise is “looking forward to a good vote” and Scalise said in a statement that the resolution “would yet again put Congress on record against a carbon tax.’ It’s a version of a similar measure that passed the House in 2016, when no Republicans voted against it, including Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, co-chairman of the Climate Solutions Caucus.
This time around, the caucus will have 86 members-and 43 Republicans-likely enough to block the resolution. The vote is largely symbolic, but for critics of the caucus, it marks a crucial moment. A vote in favor puts lawmakers on record as against what is widely seen by climate hawks as the best solution to global warming, vindication for detractors who see the caucus as a shelter for vulnerable Republicans looking to put a green notch on their belt.
Meanwhile, the Citizens Climate Lobby, the group behind the caucus, has been lobbying against the measure. The group is hoping to get some sort of bipartisan carbon fee and dividend legislation introduced in Congress, either in the coming months or in the next season. The issue at the moment is not whether Republicans support a carbon tax: Its pretty clear that they’re potentially taking an option off the table, said CCL spokesman Steve Valk.