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More GOP lawmakers bucking their party on climate change
LOS ANGELES — While President Donald Trump continues to dismantle Obama-era climate policies, an unlikely surge of Republican lawmakers has begun taking steps to distance themselves from the GOP’s hard line on climate change.
The House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan backwater when it formed early last year, has more than tripled in size since January, driven in part by Trump’s decision in June to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
And last month, 46 Republicans joined Democrats to defeat an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that would have deleted a requirement that the Defense Department prepare for the effects of climate change.
Trump poised for a September fight over border wall
Funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall is poised to be a central issue in this fall’s showdown over government funding. Unless Congress approves a new funding bill, the government will shut down on Oct. 1.
Trump is demanding funds for the wall that was the centerpiece of his successful presidential campaign, but Democrats have warned they will vote en masse against any legislation that includes money for the wall.
“I don’t see Democrats going along with anything that funds the wall,” said one senior House Democratic aide.
Why Trump needs a NAFTA win that Mexico can tweet about, too
When it comes to NAFTA, President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy will never be successful if it is seen as “Mexico Second.”
That’s the political reality the bombastic U.S. president faces as his trade representative and team of negotiators reopen the nearly quarter-century-old trade agreement in discussions with Canada and Mexico that kicked off this week.
While Trump sailed to victory last year on a promise to cut a better deal for American workers and reverse the U.S. trade deficit, he is tasked now with reconciling that pledge with the need to work with his North American counterparts to forge a pact that Canadians and Mexicans will agree to as well. In many ways, he’s talked his way into a tough spot.
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