North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 11:37 am

North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, appears to be declaring a moderate stance on climate change issues by joining a Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

She has also been appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, her office reports.

The mission of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans, is to educate members on economically viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate, according to a press release from her office.

“The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group of lawmakers doing critical work to address this issue and I am pleased to join,” said Stefanik. “New York’s 21st district is the proud home of the Adirondacks and we understand that protecting our environment plays an important role in promoting economic growth and opportunity.”

Stefanik is one of 10 Republican House members and 10 Democrats in the caucus.

“Our bipartisan caucus is starting off the new Congress by expanding our membership and showing our colleagues that Republicans and Democrats can put partisan politics aside for work on climate change,” said Co-Chairman Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida. “These new members represent diverse regions of the country, from upstate New York to the Mountain West, and they have shown their readiness to find bipartisan solutions for this crisis.”

Regarding the Intelligence Committee assignment, Stefanik says, “Our world is growing increasingly dangerous and the work of our Intelligence Committee is vital to protecting our nation against these threats. I am honored to be appointed to this position and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Committee to protect our national security.”