On Thursday, several Republicans joined a cast of Democrats in approving to give $10 million to the United Nations’ climate change agency, despite President Trump’s plans to cancel the fund.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment to provide funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat-Oregon) said, “[This] fits in with Secretary of State [Rex] Tillerson’s desire that we both continue to monitor the changes in the world’s climate and that we keep a seat at the table.”
Several Republicans joined Merkley and other Democrats including Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.
Trump has been in the news for his strong disapproval of funding climate change programs. Earlier this year, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement. It is an international accord signed by 195 nations that pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director, has dismissed the need for the U.S. to contribute funding U.N. climate change programs. He said, “As to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward — we’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.”
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Credit: Washington Examiner