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GOP lawmakers shift stance on climate change




U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is planning to introduce an immigration bill that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants for six years.
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President Trump and many Republicans are skeptical of climate science that indicates human activity is causing global warming.

But some Republicans in Congress are starting to veer slightly from their party's platform on climate - mostly by taking small actions, such as joining the House Climate Solutions Caucus.

And recently, 46 Republicans joined Democrats to vote against an amendment that would have ended a requirement for the Defense Department prepare for climate change.

Take Two spoke with David Siders, who reported on this trend for Politico. According to Siders, lawmakers could be motivated to shift their climate change stance due to political pressure. 

"What’s interesting about the 26 Republicans is that all but 5 are on the hit-list of members that the Democrats think they can take out next year. And three of them in Southern California are included there, and that’s Darrell Issa, Ed Royce, and Steve Knight. The numbers suggest that there’s some politics going on electorally. If 21 of the 26 Republican members of the Caucus are in these contested races, it suggests that they have some political reason to maybe not want climate change to be an issue."

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