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H.Res. 125 (117th): To oppose the use of the National Emergencies Act to declare a national emergency relating to climate change.

About the resolution

Does the climate crisis rise to the level of official national emergency in U.S. law?


Human-caused climate change is real. Many believe that the concurrent environmental effects — such as more frequent and more severe droughts, storms, and wildfires — constitute a “national emergency” in lower case. But does it constitute a “National Emergency” in capital letters?

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 allows a president to declare an official national emergency, which in turn unlocks a number of concurrent presidential powers and authorities. Two of the most prominent national emergencies in American history include the one about terrorism issued by President George W. Bush three days after 9/11, and the one about COVID-19 issued by President Donald Trump in March 2020.

Even as debate …

Sponsor and status

August Pfluger

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Feb 15, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on February 15, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: wednesday, may 18, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on May 18, 2022

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Feb 15, 2021

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H.Res. 125 (117th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 125. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This simple resolution was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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