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

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

Context

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 abounds about whether *subsequent ...

Sponsor and status

August Pfluger II

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

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Introduced
Feb 15, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Feb 15, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 15, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Cosponsors

3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)

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History

Feb 15, 2021
 
Introduced

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H.Res. 125 is 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.

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